The Maharashtra government on Thursday ordered a probe into Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s speeches that reportedly inspired some terrorists related to the Dhaka attack while the Centre claimed that an “appropriate action” would be taken against him if found guilty.
“When you click on the archive pages of the then JuD website it links throws up several links like the Al-Huda International and the Jamaat–ud-Dawa urdu website link. Among the 9 links on the main page is also the link to Dr. Zakir Naik’s IRF or Islamic Research Foundation. This link is a matter of investigation,” sources said.
Mr. Naik for his part released a statement, saying he “totally disagreed” that he inspired the terror act in Dhaka. “There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.”
Fadnavis said- Everything, including Naik’s speeches, his social media accounts, sources of funding (of a foundation run by him in Mumbai) will be scrutinised. The new Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu called Naik’s speeches, as being reported in the media, as “highly objectionable”.“The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them,” he told reporters in Delhi.