A senior home ministry functionary confirmed the government was likely to undo the decision to renew foreign funding licence of IRF pending the enquiry initiated last month.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, acting on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is also minister for personnel and is currently abroad, approved suspension of joint secretary in home ministry, G K Dwivedi, over renewal of FCRA licence of televangelist Zakir Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).
The home ministry officials suspended over the IRF goof-up include, apart from Dwivedi, two under-secretaries and a section officer. In addition, a data entry operator has been dismissed from service.
The renewal of the licence last month has embarrassed the Centre as it came even as agencies are mulling slapping terror charges againstNaikin the wake of claims that he influenced youth to join Islamic State and the Bangladesh government’s allegation that the Dhaka cafe attackers were inspired by him.
“Since the prime minister is abroad, the home minister, who had cleared the file on Dwivedi’s suspension at the MHA level after due consultation with PM and sent it to DoPT for final approval last night, has now also signed the file on behalf of the PM,” a home ministry official told reporters