Islamist Preacher Zakir Naik Chargesheeted By NIA For Hate Speech, IncitementShiv Sena members protesting against Zakir Naik. (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a chargesheet in a special court in Mumbai against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for allegedly inciting youth to take up terror activities, giving hate speeches and promoting enmity between communities.

“We filed a charge sheet against Naik,” an NIA official said.

The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. He fled from India on 1 July 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.

The NIA had on 18 November 2016 registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union home ministry.

The controversial preacher has been accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years.

The Mumbai-based preacher came under the lens of security agencies after some terrorists allegedly involved in the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July last year reportedly claimed they were inspired by his speeches. (PTI)

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