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Zakir Naik's IRF to move Tribunal against Centre's decision to ban it for five years
The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has decided to move the Tribunal against the Centre's decision to ban it for five years.
Zakir Naik has asserted that the ban is 'illegal and unjustified' and that they will move the tribunal against the order.

Naik's lawyer, Mubin Solkar, told media, "So far, we have not been served with any such kind of notification under Section 3 of the UAPA. We are clear that this ban is not justified at all and is an illegal ban, because, the provision of the UAPA has been wrongly invoked in this case. According to us, it is a clear misuse of the provisions of UAPA."

Solkar also said that in order to declare an organisation as unlawful, the prosecuting agency has prove the offence under Section 153A, that it is promoting enmity on grounds of religion. He also refused that IRF has indulged in promoting enmity.

"The IRF since its inception has promoted peace and harmony, charitable, sociable and humanitarian activities. This ban is wholly unjustified. So, even if this notification is issued, it does not normally take effect unless it is confirmed by the tribunal," he added.

On Tuesday, the Centre ordered that the IRF should be banned for five years. It has also asked law enforcement agencies to maintain a strict surveillance on all activities of the IRF.

Centre's decision to ban the organisation was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security after Naik was found to deliver provocative speeches.

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