Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been “indicted” by the Mumbai police that found him to be allegedly involved in unlawful activities with possible terror links, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday.
Fadnavis said a watertight case was being prepared against the Islamic televangelist, whose organisation Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is also under the scanner, and efforts would be made to extradite him. Naik is currently abroad.
The Mumbai police, tasked with probing his alleged provocative speeches, submitted its report to the state government today.
The police were asked to probe Naik’s speeches available online to see if any of them could have encouraged youths to join terrorist groups amid reports that his preachings inspired some of those involved in the Dhaka terror strike.
“The report has made observations about him (Naik) making (critical) comments on other religion and belittling them—an action that would cause disharmony in society. The report also has details of countries that have banned him or his organisations.
“The government is examining the report that has several aspects that are in the domain of the Centre,” Fadnavis told reporters in Mumbai.
The report would be sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and further action would be taken as per its guidance, said Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.
“There are many revelations in the report about illegal and unlawful activities (allegedly involving Naik and IRF) and activities which are not in the interest of the nation.
“The report has shed light on aspects like his relation with Firoz Deshmukh (a terror accused). It also talks about its links with the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (a front of Pak-based terror outfit LeT) and the Indian Mujahedeen and other activities that are illegal,” he said.
Fadnavis said the police department had given proofs against the 50-year-old Mumbai-based physician-turned-preacher.