New Delhi, September 2: Four Union Home Ministry officials were suspended on Friday for alleged irregularities in renewal of FCRA licence of Zakir Naik's NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) by the Union home ministry. The home ministry unearthed that despite several ongoing probe against Zakir Naik, his NGO Islamic Research Foundation's FCRA licence was renewed recently by these officials.
The Certificate of renewal was renewed on August 19, which is valid for 3 years by the officials. The officials included in this case are Joint Secretary G K Dwivedi, an Indian Administrative Services officer, two deputy secretaries and one section officer. The nrenewal came into the light after Naik's controversial NGO announced that their foreign fund certificate has been renewed.
In a series of tweets, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted,” "The action against two Under Secretaries and one Section Officer was due to their negligence in clearing the renewal while a case is still pending. The home ministry was very clear that there should be smooth process of registration or renewal of FCRA licence but not when there is a case pending. We had made the process of FCRA renewal online."
Zakir Naik has been in the negative spotlight since his speech aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, where he “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”. Naik is already banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.