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MIB takes note of banned Zakir Naik content on Kashmir TV channels

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MUMBAI: Despite a ban on Peace TV, the hate preacher Zakir Naik's speeches reportedly continued to be telecast on channels in Jammu and Kashmir, and the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has taken note of a news report in this regard. Naik was, earlier this year, declared a proclaimed offender and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) undertook a process to attach his assets.

The ministry, the Times of India reported, is expected to write to Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary to take suitable action in the case. Also, the MIB may, reportedly, issue show-cause notices to cable operators in the state, who are broadcasting the controversial speeches.

Minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said that they would convey to the related government departments and tell them to verify the development and a stand accordingly.

NIA chargesheet against Naik has revealed that his organisation had connections with terror groups. He has been accused of spreading hatred through his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering billions of rupees over the years. The NIA also claimed that Naik had engaged in “anti-India activities”. It was not just his hate speeches, but NIA also accused his organisation of providing “financial and tactical” aid to terror suspects.

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