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Details of cable ops who aired Peace TV given to authorities: I&B minister

MUMBAI: Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that complaints have been received that some cable TV operators had transmitted Zakir Naik’s Peace TV.

The details have been provided to district authorities in Kurnool and Aurangabad so that action can be taken against them, Naidu stated.

Venkaiah-Naidu1“Recently, such complaints were received against some cable operators from some districts such as Kurnool and Aurangabad regarding carriage of Peace TV channel, which were forwarded to the District Collector for necessary action by the authorised officers under the Cable Act,” Naidu’s written reply stated.

Peace TV, run by Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation, telecasts his speeches which have been controversial and provocative.

Reportedly, Naik’s speeches had inspired some terrorists who carried out Bangladesh’s worst terror attack in Dhaka which left 22 dead recently.

Incidentally, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has also submitted a report to the Mumbai Police in the Zakir Naik case, asfter which the Mumbai Police is likely to file a detailed report on the controversial Islamic preacher shortly.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered an inquiry against Naik after it emerged that his sermons were followed by Dhaka attackers.