Zakir Naik gets a big blow by Indian government as the government denies his organisation every kind of foreign funding. Controversial television evangelist Zakir Naik’s Mumbai-based outfit Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) will no longer be allowed to receive foreign funding.
“We have initiated the process of cancellation of foreign funding licence of the IRF,” said a senior home ministry official. The MHA issues foreign funding license for all NGOs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
Earlier the MHA had put Naik’s organisation in prior-permission category under the FCRA, which meant all foreign funding of the NGO was to be vetted by the government before it went into the IRF’s bank account.
The MHA is also putting another outfit of Naik’s — The IRF Educational Trust –in the prior permission category. “We are issuing a notice to the trust for putting it under the prior permission category. We want to vet all foreign funding of the trust before it is deposited in outfit’s bank account,” said the official.
Courtesy: The Hindustan Times