New Delhi: Islamic-preacher Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is "maligning" India and, therefore, it is correct to ban it, said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday.
"If any person tries to malign society, tries to divide it, create tension between the people and hamper peace in the country then the government and people always will take strict and sever action against them," Naqvi told ANI.
Naqvi said it has become important to restrict such kind of organisations or people and not provide them much freedom.
The government is in the process of declaring the IRF unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 2011.
Naik came under the scanner after, citing the Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star', it was widely reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook that said he was inspired by Naik to carry out the crime.
The Daily Star later on distanced itself from the reports attributed to the newspaper and tendered unconditional apology to Zakir Naik.
Interestingly, the allegations against Zakir Naik and his organisation were raised when he was away from India. Reports said Zakir Naik has decided to remain out of the country following the allegations and the government's intention to take action against him.