Allahabad HC adjourns listening to on Zakir Naik‘s plea

ALLAHABAD: The on Thursday adjourned till March 28 the hearing of a petition filed by Muslim religious preacher challenging the April 30, 2010, order of the judicial magistrate X, Jhansi through which he was summoned under Section 121 (waging war against the state) and other sections of Indian Penal Code and the subsequent order of non-bailable warrant issued against him.
Hearing a petition filed by Zakir Naik, who is president of the , Justice fixed March 28 as the next date of hearing when a joint request was made on behalf of both the petitioner and the complainant side.

One Mudassir Ullah Khan had filed a complaint on January 9, 2008, before the chief judicial magistrate X, Jhansi, alleging that in a television programme shown on Peace TV on January 21, 2006, Zakir Naik had participated in a religious dialogue with , the founder of ‘Art of Living‘ foundation, which was held at Bangalore. The applicant had hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community in the programme, it was alleged.

It was further alleged that the applicant had published and distributed a pamphlet just to incite hatred and ill-will amongst different communities.

Acting on this complaint, judicial magistrate, Jhansi had on April 30, 2010, summoned Zakir Naik before the court under Section 121 (waging war against the state) and other sections of Indian Penal Code. Hence, he filed the present petition before the high court challenging the said order. Zakir Naik‘s counsel had taken the plea that the applicant is the president of Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai, which clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about Islam using Quran, authentic Hadith (sayings of the Prophet).

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