New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said no links between terrorist groups and the foundation headed by popular Islamic preacher Zakir Naik have come to its notice yet, but reports indicate that some known terrorists have reportedly been inspired by his speeches.
"So far, no links between terrorist organisations and Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) have come to the notice. However, reports indicate that some known terrorists have reportedly been inspired by the preachings of Dr Zakir Naik, President IRF," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
"Peace TV is not a permitted satellite channel for transmission on the cable network and hence cannot be carried by cable operators," he said.
"IRF is registered under the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act, 2010. Foreign contributions and their utilisation is checked and in case of violations, action taken under the provisions of the Act," he said.
Zakir Naik has been in news ever since it is reported that two terrorists inovlved in Dhaka cafe attack were inspired by the Islamic preacher.
Interestingly, a case against Zakir Naik was built up based on a perporated report by The Daily Star - a leading newspaper of Bangladesh. However, The Daily Start later published a denial saying that it never reported the Dhaka terrorists were inspired by Zakir Naik.