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Katju writes to Zakir Naik, challenges him to open debate

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 July 2016, 19:34 IST

Adding to the barrage of controversies surrounding Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in the wake of the deadly attacks Bangladesh has suffered in the last week, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju is the newest entrant in the furore surrounding Naik's alleged influence on the attackers.

Kajtu took to Twitter, churning out a series of vitriolic tweets against Naik, making his disdain for the Islamic preacher extremely apparent. "Zakir Naik is an unscientific idiot posing to be a scholar, but the tragedy is that millions of fools among the Muslims believe that," he said.

Taking it a notch higher, Katju then openly challenged Naik to a debate, one on religion vs scientific thought. This is how it went down:

To reinforce his point that this call for a debate was not indeed a "publicity stunt", he dashed out an email to Zakir Naik and shared its contents on Twitter.

Zakir Naik has been under the scanner following reports that two of the seven terrorists who hacked to death 20 people at a Dhaka cafe last week were inspired by him. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 7 July directed the Mumbai police to look at his "objectionable" speeches, and take appropriate action against him.

First published: 9 July 2016, 19:34 IST