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Police report indicts preacher Zakir Naik, will press for his extradition: Fadnavis
Tuesday August 9, 2016 6:51 PM, Agencies

Maharashtra police on Tuesday submitted its report on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The report points out many unlawful activities pertaining to the organisation of which Zakir Naik is the leader, according to Fadnavis.

“Government has received a report on Zakir Naik from Commissioner of Police of Mumbai. There are many indictments in the report. Many unlawful activities have been pointed out pertaining to the organisation of which Zakir Naik is the leader,” said the chief minister.

Fadnavis said that certain activities are attributed to Zakir Naik as well in the report.

“Maharashtra Govt is studying the report and will soon share report with MHA. There are certain activities attributed to Zakir Naik as well. In consultation with MHA, we will decide the further course of action which we need to take,” said Fadnavis.

"Government will press for extradition of Naik if he does not return on his own from abroad", he added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued an inspection notice to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for alleged Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violations, a senior official of the Ministry told The Hindu.

The notice is considered as the first step towards suspending or revoking the FCRA registration of any NGO or organisation.

“We have issued an inspection notice to IRF. We will inspect their book of accounts to see whether the provisions of the FCRA were violated or not.

"If we find discrepancies, the next step is to put it under temporary suspension and all the foreign donations will then have to be routed through MHA. We will give them time to respond and if we are not satisfied with the reply, the NGO’s registration can be cancelled,” said the official.

The Maharashtra police initiated action against 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.

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