On Tuesday, the government has banned IRF, Islamic Research Foundation, the NGO of questionable Islamic evangelist ZakirNaik, as an ‘unlawful association’ for a long time up to 5 years with prompt impact. The boycott has been implemented under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and affirmed at a meeting of the Union Cabinet.
Media professionals had before reported that the administration expected to boycott IRF referring to Naik’s “offensive and subversive” addresses, the criminal cases filed against him and different individuals from IRF in Mumbai and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and Kerala respectively, and in addition his “questionable” connections with Peace TV that supposedly includes “collective” and “master jihad” content as justification for such a boycott.
An “unlawful” affiliation is not the same as a “fear monger” association recorded under UAPA. The law characterizes ‘unlawful relationship’ as any association “which has for its question any action that is culpable under Section 153A or 153B of IPC” – arrangements managing danger to social and common concordance.
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