Delhi high court rejects plea to challenge Islamic Research Foundation ban
In a boost to Centre’s efforts to get judicial sanction on its ban on Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the Delhi high court on Thursday dismissed a plea by the organisation challenging the move.While dismissing the petition the Delhi HC said the Centre’s decision to ban IRF appeared to have been taken to safeguard national security and was not arbitrary.
A Special Tribunal is already examining Centre’s documentary and other evidence against Naik to find out if enough grounds exist to ban it and freeze its funding related accounts.”The decision by the Union of India was taken in the interest to safeguard the sovereignty, integrity and national security of India,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva noted in his order, saying that the government did “apply its mind” before it decided to ban the organisation with immediate effect.
HC pointed out that the government had reasonable apprehensions that youths could be “radicalised” to join terror groups if IRF is allowed to continue in its allegedly anti national activities.During the hearings, the government had produced before the court material available with it on whose basis it took the decision.IRF, in its plea, had challenged the November 17, 2016, notification of the home ministry imposing an immediate ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
As carried in times of India on 17.3.17