UAPA Tribunal issues plea notice to uphold Islamic Research Foundation’s “illegal association” status


Dec 20 2021 20:36 STI

New Delhi [India], Dec. 20 (ANI): The UAPA tribunal on Monday released an opinion on the request for confirmation of the Center’s decision declaring the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as an illegal association under the Law on illegal activities (prevention).
The tribunal headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel opened the hearing today and sent notice to the relevant respondents.
The government’s empty notification dated November 15, 2021 declared the Foundation for Islamic Research (IRF) as an illegal association under the provisions of section 3 (1) of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta led the Centre’s legal team in defending the ban on the Islamic Research Foundation under the UAPA.
The Center previously assembled a seven-member team of lawyers led by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to defend his decision to declare the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) an illegal association under the provisions of Article 3 (1). illegal activities (prevention) Take action.
Besides SG Mehta, other appointed lawyers include Senior Counsel Sachin Datta, Amit Mahajan, Rajat Nair, Kanu Agrawal, Jay Prakash and Dhruv Pandey.
The government, in a notification, said it had been decided by the Home Office that a team of lawyers could appear on behalf of the Indian government in the illegal activities (prevention) tribunal in this case.
Previously, the Home Office (MHA) had established a tribunal headed by the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, DN Patel, under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to adjudicate on the ban from the Islamic Research Organization (IRF).
On December 13, 2021, by means of a notification, the Interior Ministry declared that the Foundation for Islamic Research had been declared an illegal association, video notification, dated November 15, 2021, published in the Gazette of the India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, subsection (ii).
“Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (1) of Article 5 of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government constitutes by the presents a tribunal (prevention) of illegal activities composed of Judge DN Patel, Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi, with the aim of determining whether or not there is sufficient grounds for declaring the Foundation for Islamic Research as an association illegal, ”the notification said.

The MHA recently extended for five years the ban on the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO run by Islamic evangelist and India-born preacher Zakir Naik.
In its published notification, the ministry said that if the activities of the “illegal association” were not halted, it would continue its subversive activities and reorganize its fleeing activists to create community discord, spread anti-national sentiments and support the activism.
In its notification, the ministry said that the speeches and statements by Islamic preacher Naik were intended to inspire young people of a particular religion in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.
Naik’s statements and speeches are reprehensible, subversive and promote enmity, hatred between religious groups, the Home Office said of the extension of the IRF ban.
The Center declared the IRF an illegal organization under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (37 of 1967) on November 17, 2016, for a period of five years.
The Union’s Home Office said in its notification that the IRF “was engaging in activities prejudicial to the security of the country and likely to disrupt community peace and harmony and disrupt the secular fabric of the country. “.
Naik’s IRF has “encouraged and helped its supporters to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disagreement or feelings of enmity, hatred or malice between different communities and religious groups which are detrimental to the integrity and security of the country. “, indicates the notification.
According to the ministry, Naik makes sweeping statements and speeches that are seen by millions of people around the world.
The ministry said that Naik’s statements may also “disrupt the secular fabric of the country by polluting the minds of the people by creating community discord, propagating anti-national sentiments, intensifying secessionism by supporting activism and some people may engage in harmful activities. to the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country “.
Naik runs two TV channels, namely Peace TV and Peace TV Urdu. Both channels are banned in many countries. It is banned in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada, and the UK.
The IRF chief fled to Malaysia in 2016, just before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched an investigation against the Islamic preacher. (ANI)


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