India's National Investigation Agency raids Zakir Naik's NGO offices

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out raids on 10 offices of preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO, NDTV reported.

Raids have been carried out at 10 places in Maharashtra connected to his banned organisation Islamic Analysis Basis (IRF), which could also be named within the case through the anti-terror company.

Occasions of India (TOI) reported that the NIA had registered a case towards Naik and others on Friday beneath the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly “spreading enmity” amongst religions.

The searches started on Saturday morning with the assistance of native police after a case used to be registered by way of the NIA’s Mumbai department on Friday night time.

The Indian executive banned IRF as an ‘illegal organisation’ for 5 years with quick impact, on Tuesday. The ban used to be enforced underneath UAPA and authorized at a gathering of the Union cupboard.

TOI had previous reported that the federal government meant to prohibit IRF bringing up Naik’s “objectionable and subversive” speeches, the legal instances filed towards him and different individuals of IRF in Mumbai and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and Kerala, in addition to his “doubtful” hyperlinks with Peace TV that allegedly options “communal” and “pro-jihad” content material as grounds for this kind of ban.

An ‘illegal’ affiliation isn’t like a ‘terrorist’ organisation indexed underneath UAPA. The regulation defines ‘illegal affiliation’ as any organisation “which has for its object any process this is punishable beneath Segment 153A or 153B of IPC” — provisions coping with risk to social and communal team spirit.

Declaration of IRF as ‘illegal’ underneath Segment three of the UAPA will drive closure of its offices and pursuits around the nation.

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