Mumbai: NIA, local police conduct searches at Zakir Naik’s IRF offices

The Central Government declared controversial televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as unlawful and banned it under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) has registered a case against Naik. Saturday the central agency also raided ten locations including the offices and residences of Naik in Mumbai. Sources say the raids will continue till evening.

As per the office , a First Information Report ( FIR) was enrolled on Friday under Sections 10 (Penalty for being individual from an unlawful association),13 (Punishment for unlawful exercises) ,18 ( Punishment for trick) of UAPA and Section 153A (prompting disdain) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Naik and others.

“The FIR has been registered and NIA teams are conducting searches at 10 IRF related premises in Mumbai with the help of local police,” NIA spokesperson said.

On Thursday, the Mumbai Police had served the copy of the Central Government’s notification on office bearers of IRF. On its part, IRF spokesperson through a release issued on Saturday stated that they are studying the notification to see what legal recourse could be taken.

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