Embarrassed Centre suspended four Union Home Ministry officials including a joint secretary for the renewal of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act licence of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).
The suspended officials are Joint Secretary G K Dwivedi, two deputy secretaries, an Indian Administrative Services officer.
The renewal of the licence of the IRF embarrassed the Centre as agencies charged Naik for allegedly involve in terrorism and influence youth to join IS. Bangladesh government also gave an allegation that he inspired the Dhaka café attackers.
An MHA official said that the MHA has suspended four officials. He stated that a departmental enquiry is being ordered to discover if there was any intention behind the renewal of IRF registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA).
After the home ministry found about the renewal of the licence by its own foreigners division, despite several ongoing investigations by MHA, IB and NIA, an immediate action was taken.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “The action against two Under Secretaries and one Section Officer was due to their negligence in clearing the renewal while a case is still pending.”
In another tweet Rijiju said that the Home ministry was very clear about the registration of FCRA licence, the process should be smooth but not when there is a case pending.
An investigation has been ongoing against Islamic Research Foundation for radicalizing Muslim youths and getting foreign funding from wrong sources. The licence under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act has been renewed last week.