The Education Department of the state has issued a show-cause notice to the Islamic Mission School in Masud Nagar area of Aligarh.
The text book, ‘Ilm-un-Nafe’ is, incidentally, not a part of the syllabus of the said school.
The report mentioned that a three member committee has been formed to look into the matter.
“The committee has been given a week’s time to submit its report. The process of cancelling the recognition of the school will be initiated after receiving the report,” Dhirendra Kumar Yadav, an official of the Education Department told The Times of India.
However, the school authorities have said that there is no separate chapter on Naik.
“There is no separate chapter on Zakir Naik in the book. This general awareness book was published in 2015, when there was nothing against Naik. This was the old edition and now it has been modified,” said Kaunain Kausar, manager of the school.
In November 2017, the NIA had registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Naik, 51, who is currently abroad, fled India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.
In November 2017, the NIA had registered a case against the televangelist at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Naik’s Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union home ministry.