UAPA court orders Zakir Naik to be physically present or file vakalatnama with proper authentication at next hearing
By Sushil Batra After Evangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik showed his inability to travel to the Indian Embassy in Malaysia to authenticate his credentials for Vakalatnama, the UAPA tribunal said: ” He is required to file a vakalatnama in a proper format with proper authentication or he can remain physically present at the next court date.”
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Law Court noted: “Notwithstanding the order issued by this court at the last court date, the vakalatnama in the proper format, with the proper authentication of Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, has not been filed.” “The attorney appearing for the other IRF administrator showed his inability to authenticate the credentials of Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik on his vakalatnama. Attorney S. Hari Haran further argued that Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik showed his inability to travel to the Indian Embassy in Malaysia to have his credentials authenticated,” the Tribunal noted.
The Tribunal at the Detailed Hearing on February 10, 2022 stated that at the next date it will hear the case physically and no hybrid or virtual hearings will be permitted during cross-examination to ensure physical presence witnesses. It is specified that the case will be considered on a day-to-day basis from the next date, the court said.
The list of witnesses was filed on behalf of the Union of India, which includes witnesses from the State of Maharashtra and the Directorate of Law Enforcement. As of the next court date, witnesses, whose affidavits have been filed and are to be filed as examination-in-chief, will be made available for cross-examination, the court said. Previously, the Tribunal had requested the response of Zakir Naik and the IRF organization in their request for confirmation of the Centre’s decision to declare the organization of the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an “illegal association” in under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently set up a tribunal headed by Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to adjudicate on the ban from the Islamic Research Organization (IRF). The MHA recently extended a ban on the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO run by Indian-born Islamic evangelist and preacher Zakir Naik, for another five years.
In its published notification, the ministry mentioned that if the activities of the “illegal association” were not curbed, it would continue its subversive activities and reorganize its fugitive militants to create community discord, spread anti-national sentiments and support the militancy. The ministry, in its notification, had stated that the speeches and statements of the Islamic preacher Naik were aimed at inciting youths 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 had declared the IRF an unlawful organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (37 of 1967) on 17 November 2016 for a period of five years.
The Union Home Office said in its notification that the IRF “engages in activities detrimental 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 assisted its followers to promote or attempt to promote, for religious reasons, discord or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will among different religious communities and groups which are detrimental to the ‘integrity and security of the country,’ the notification reads.
According to the ministry, Naik makes sweeping statements and speeches that are seen by millions around the world. The ministry said these statements by Naik may also “disrupt the secular fabric of the country by polluting people’s minds by creating communal discord, spreading anti-national sentiments, aggravating secessionism by supporting militancy and some people may undertake detrimental activities”. to the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country”.
Naik operates two television channels, namely Peace TV and Peace TV Urdu. Both strings are banned in many countries. It is banned in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada and the United Kingdom. The IRF leader fled to Malaysia in 2016, just before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched an investigation against the Islamic preacher. (ANI)
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