Zakir Naik’s trust for education registration cancelled by Government

Uddipta Das
The NIA will also file a fresh plea to Interpol on Tuesday for a red corner notice (RCN) against Zakir Naik.

New Delhi, April 9: The Government cancelled the registration of controversial television preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) Education Trust under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) which made it ineligible to receive donations from abroad. As per the cancellation order dated March 29, 2017, the FCRA licence of IRF Education Trust which is involved in running the Islamic International School at Chennai and Mumbai was being scrapped.

The order further stated the scrapping was done under Section 14 of the FCR Act in public interest and for maintaining harmony between religious, social, linguistic and regional groups, caste and communities. Earlier, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Naik’s NGO IRF was declared an “unlawful association”.

As per the Home Ministry, IRF Educational Trust was closely linked with IRF with the activities and functions overlapping between both the NGOs. Apart from that, the ministry also stated that since both the NGOs were managed by the same person, that is Naik, it was satisfied that acceptance of foreign funds by the IRF Educational Trust “is likely to prejudicially affect integrity and sovereignty of India and is also likely to be detrimental to the public interest and harmony between-religious, social, linguistic and regional groups, caste and communities”

The NGO was also issued a show cause notice by the ministry asking why impermanent FCRA registration of IRF Educational Trust should not be cancelled under Section 14 of FCRA. Reportedly, there was no reply received even after the lapse of more than 30 days.