Govt cracks the whip on telecast by unauthorised channels amid

Dhaka Attackers'Followed Indian Preacher But No Evidence to Arrest Him

Govt cracks the whip on telecast by unauthorised channels amid

In Jammu and Kashmir, scores of Kashmiris protested against the government's decision to probe Zakir Naik's sermons for allegedly inciting those involved in the Dhaka attacks.

Following the deadly attack last Friday, which terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility for, both India and Bangladesh began probing the controversial preacher. Naik's son, Fariq, is studying in Saudi Arabia and also gives speeches on Islam.

Additionally, Maharashtra state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also directed Mumbai Police Commissioner to investigate and submit a detailed report on the speeches and activities of Zakir Naik.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued an advisory to all the cable operators and satellites channels not to show Zakir Naik's speeches.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said speeches of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik were being examined by the government and appropriate action will be taken.

Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO set up by Naik, has come under the scanner of the Home Ministry, amid allegations that funds from overseas have been spent on political activities and inspiring people towards radical views. "His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable", information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Delhi. Section 9 (e) of FCRA provides for barring an NGO from accepting foreign contributions or for making it seek prior permission of the home ministry before accepting foreign contributions, if it is found to be using FCRA funds for activities prejudicial to harmony between religious, racial, social, linguistic or regional groups, castes or communities.

Peace TV is a Mumbai-based TV channel run by Dr Naik's Islamic Research Foundation.

All such activities are contrary to the FCRA provisions and any violation invites punitive action.

Official sources said the Home Ministry has ordered investigation into alleged diversion of funds by Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

"All the MSOs and LCOs are, therefore, advised to ensure that no unauthorized TV channels are transmitted by them in their networks", the ministry advosory said, adding action will be taken against defaulters.

"We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naik's speeches and have given necessary instructions for a probe". He said that, "There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslims or non-Muslim".

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