Zakir Naik Slams Arnab Goswami with a Defamation Notice
Times Now Editor-in-chief and anchor, Arnab Goswami lands in trouble, he was served a legal notice. The Islamic preacher and founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, Zakir Naik seeks damages worth Rs 500 crore for running a ‘hate campaign’ and ‘media trial’ against him.
It is mentioned in the notice issued by the Naik’s lawyer Mubin solkar, and the IRF founder wanted an outright apology from Goswami for hurting religious sentiments of Naik’s and Muslim’s. Zakir Naik also claimed against the channel for creating enmity and hatred between religious communities.
Solkar also issued notices against Arnab Goswami, Avinash Kaul, CEO Times Now, Megha Prasad, Bureau Chief Times Now, Sunil Lulla, CEO Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd, and Times Global Broadcasting Co Ltd.
Zakir Naik is currently abroad, accused of inspiring terrorists in the Islamic state to attack and is attending the investigations for the recent Dhaka attacks. Naik didn’t return to India after the accusations made against him and only addressed Indian media through his video appearances. This is for the first time that Naik is filing a legal notice against media.
“The legal notice seeks that Goswami furnishes in writing his sources of information and any evidence for making defamatory statements and charges against Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik and withdraw the defamatory statements made by him during the live telecast of The Newshour Debate on Times Now,” said Mubin Solkar. “Peremptorily, we have fixed the damages at Rs 500 crores and asked for those damages as well.
Dr Naik has claimed Five hundred crores of INR for the damages that have been caused to his reputation and his image in India and the entire Islamic world. In fact, the damage that Goswami has caused my client is far more than Rs 500 crore.” He added.
Government Authorities of India and Bangladesh had taken action against Naik’s “Peace TV.” The Islamic preacher is also banned in certain countries like the UK for his speeches which provoke hatred. Naik’s lawyer blames Times-now channel for promoting disharmony and feelings of hatred. The controversial preacher has alleged that the news channel is defamed and hurt the sentiments of his community who holds him as a great idol.