BJP: Zakir Naik a 'threat' to national security; Rajnath Singh orders probe

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said CDs of Zakir Naik's speeches are being examined for necessary action and asserted that the government will not compromise on the issue of terrorism.

"We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naik's speeches and have given necessary instructions for a probe. A thorough investigation will be done. CDs of his speeches are being examined," the Home Minister said.

Zakir Naik. Youtube screengrab

Zakir Naik. Youtube screengrab

"As far as government is concerned, we will not compromise on terrorism at any cost. Whatever is justified will be done," he further added.

Mumbai-based Naik has come under the scanner after it was reported that his speeches have inspired some of the Dhaka cafe attackers. Maharashtra government yesterday ordered a probe into the speeches by the Muslim televangelist.

While Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told PTI, "I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik's speeches) and submit a report."

Naik's speeches, his social media accounts and sources of funding of a foundation run by him in Mumbai will be scrutinised, said Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.

Naik, however, had released a statement, saying he "totally disagreed" that he inspired the act of killing innocent people in Dhaka. "There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim," he said.

BJP has demanded action against Naik, saying he was a "threat" to national security as it was clear from his speeches that he "incited" people.


Updated Date: Jul 08, 2016 13:28 PM

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