New Delhi: Two days after the government decided to ban controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the home ministry issued a gazette notification, justifying the ban.

The home ministry said that through his speeches and statements, Naik has been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups and inspiring Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

“We have received information that Dr Zakir Naik has been extolling virtues of known terrorists like Osama bin Laden," Sudhir Kumar Saxena, joint secretary of the MHA, said in the notification, adding that Naik had also been making derogatory remarks about other religions.

The decision to ban the IRF under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Naik has been under the spotlight since his name was linked to the 1 July Dhaka terrorist attack. It was reported that his speeches on his channel, Peace TV, had instigated the Dhaka attackers. The home ministry also listed five cases registered by Kerala and Maharashtra police in which Naik and his NGO had been named