India state of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that any action against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik would be taken only after a consultation with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Fadnavis confirmed the state government had received a report on Zakir Naik from Mumbai commissioner of police Tuesday.
He said the report points out many unlawful activities by Zakir Naik’s organisation – the Islamic Research Foundation.
“The report also pointed out certain activities against Zakir Naik as well,” he said.
Fadnnavis said the state government would soon submit the report to MHA to decide the further course of action.
The 71-page report prepared by Maharashtra police on the controversial preacher talked in detail about all activities of Zakir Naik and how he used his influence to promote terrorism and fans religious sentiments among Muslim youths.
The report revealed Zakir Naik’s certain comments justify terrorism and terrorist activities of some organisations.
He has been involved in religious conversion.
Talking about the way Zakir Naik attracts youth, the Mumbai police report in Marathi stated: “Once listeners get attracted to him, he justifies and fans religious’ sentiment of Muslim youths with the help of his oratory skill. While noting killing of innocent people is not prescribed by Islam, he justifies killing in the name of jihad.”
The Maharashtra police initiated action against Zakir Naik after reports suggested that Bangladeshi militants who hacked to death 20 people at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone used to follow Zakir Naik.
Zakir Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions.
He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.
He is wildly popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV although his preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
With his speeches and teachings, Zakir Naik has garnered over 14 million followers on Facebook and around 200 million viewers of Peace TV.
He is a self-proclaimed follower of the late South African preacher Ahmed Deedat.