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3 Junior Home Ministry officials removed over renewal of Zakir Naik's NGO's FCRA license

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 September 2016, 8:03 IST

Three junior officials of the Union Home Ministry were removed on 1 September after it was found that they had renewed the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of Salafi preacher Zakir Naik's no-profit as an oversight.

An FCRA license allows a NGO to receive foreign donations.

Naik is currently being probed for allegedly motivating acts of terror and the ministry can revoke the license in case irregularities are established in the probe. Both, Naik and his organisation are under the scanner of the Maharashtra government and the union home ministry.

According to NDTV, license of Islamic Research Foundation was renewed on 19 August, even though the government had initiated an inquiry against both Naik and his organisation.

"Although there is no case against Naik, the FCRA license was renewed when the probe was on, therefore the officers were removed," a senior official told NDTV adding that the officials had verified the paperwork and the license was renewed in a routine manner.

After the Dhaka terrorist attack in July, Bangladesh had complained to India about Zakir Naik and the IRF. It had alleged that the IRF and Naik's speeches may have motivated the youth.

The home ministry is not just auditing the books of the IRF but also going through Naik's speeches to establish whether he can be booked for motivating terrorists or not.

First published: 2 September 2016, 8:03 IST
 
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