All 15 Joint Secretaries of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday appealed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh for revoking suspension of GK Dwivedi, an Indian Administrative Services officer.
Centre had on Thursday night suspended four Union Home Ministry officials, including a joint secretary, for allegedly facilitating the renewal of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act licence of a non-governmental organisation promoted by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, against whom ministry has been contemplating action.
The Joint Secretaries argued that Dwivedi can’t be held accountable for renewing Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) FCRA licence.
Those suspended were Joint Secretary G K Dwivedi, an Indian Administrative Services officer, two deputy secretaries and one section officer.
The action was taken after the home ministry found that Naik’s NGO IRF’s FCRA licence was renewed by it’s own foreigners division, despite several ongoing probes by IB, NIA and MHA.
The goof up was noticed when Naik’s controversial NGO under scanner by multiple agencies stated that their foreign fund certificate has been renewed. IRF has been facing investigations for radicalising Muslim youths and getting foreign funding from wrong sources, Islamic Research Foundation’s license under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) has been renewed last week.
Mumbai Police is also probing allegations against Naik.