A series of actions have been initiated against 50-year old Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that he has directed Mumbai Police Commissioner DD Padsalgikar to inquire against him (Naik) and submit a report at the earliest.”
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said that Naik’s speeches are ‘highly objectionable’ and the union home ministry will take appropriate action. “The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable,” he observed.
Naidu’s comments have come in the backdrop of Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju’s hint of action against the preacher, whose speeches are believed to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka. “It is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken”, Rijiju had observed.
Naik is a televangelist but his satellite TV channel, Peace
TV, is banned in India. However, it is aired by some cable TV operators. His Islamic Research Foundation, based in Mumbai, is described as a charitable organization committed to “the proper presentation, understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing misconceptions about Islam – amongst less aware Muslims and non-Muslims.