Big News!! Modi Govt Going to ban Zakir’s NGO, suspended four Govt Officers for helping Zakir!

A senior home ministry functionary confirmed the government was likely to undo the decision to renew foreign funding licence of IRF pending the enquiry initiated last month.

Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, acting on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is also minister for personnel and is currently abroad, approved suspension of joint secretary in home ministry, G K Dwivedi, over renewal of FCRA licence of televangelist Zakir Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

The home ministry officials suspended over the IRF goof-up include, apart from Dwivedi, two under-secretaries and a section officer. In addition, a data entry operator has been dismissed from service.

The renewal of the licence last month has embarrassed the Centre as it came even as agencies are mulling slapping terror charges againstNaikin the wake of claims that he influenced youth to join Islamic State and the Bangladesh government’s allegation that the Dhaka cafe attackers were inspired by him.

“Since the prime minister is abroad, the home minister, who had cleared the file on Dwivedi’s suspension at the MHA level after due consultation with PM and sent it to DoPT for final approval last night, has now also signed the file on behalf of the PM,” a home ministry official told reporters

Sources said a departmental inquiry will be ordered against the suspended officers to find out if there was any mala fide intention behind renewal of registration of IRF under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA). Action will be taken accordingly,” said an MHA official.

Home ministry officers said it is highly unlikely that the file regarding licence renewal for IRF, being scanned not only for possible FCRA violations but also for forced conversions and spreading communal hatred, was cleared in a moment of oversight.

“The government and its security agencies are weighing the option of declaring IRF an ‘unlawful’ organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and the foreigners division brass decides to renew its FCRA licence. This needs to be probed,” said an officer.

Even as the home ministry mulls action against Naik, it realises that the prospects of Naik returning home anytime soon are dim. In fact, sources said the intelligence agencies and Mumbai police had a laid a trap to arrest him at Mumbai airport on August 8, the day he was to address a press conference, but he never arrived. He ended up conducting the press conference from abroad via video-conferencing.