India orders probe into Zakir Naik's public documents

India orders probe into Zakir Naik's public documents

Following the deadly attack last Friday, which terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility for, both India and Bangladesh began probing the controversial preacher. The video was broadcast on Peace TV, which is run by Naik.

The move comes after it was found that some of the Dhaka cafe attackers, who killed 20 hostages, followed controversial Indian Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik and were inspired by his misinterpretations of Islam. "But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken".

The ban came in the wake of the recent bloody terror attacks which rocked Bangladesh one after another.

The new Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu called Naik's speeches, as being reported in the media, as highly objectionable.

Naik was denied entry in Britain in 2010 for what the British authorities said that the preacher had made a number of statements which was supportive of terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden, according to Guardian newspaper.

Naidu's remarks came just a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the scholar after a scrutiny of his speeches.

Bangladesh information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said on Sunday the government would take an administrative decision on Monday before shutting down Peace TV.

Earlier, the Home Minister said CDs of his speeches are being examined for necessary action and asserted that the government will not compromise on the issue of terrorism.

Not a single investigative agency says Dr Zakir Naik promotes terrorism.

The controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation is banned in the United Kingdom and Canada for his "hate speech" aimed at other religions.

The 50-year-old Indian preacher is banned from entering the United Kingdom and Canada and Peace TV is banned in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Internet also describes him as a Founder of Peace TV, Peace TV Bangla, and Peace TV Urdu. The report said that one of the terrorists had propagated on Facebook a year ago quoting Peace TV's preacher Zakir Naik urging all Muslims to be "terrorists".

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