Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who himself under scanner after reports of Dhaka attack gunmen getting “inspired” by him comes in highlight, has claimed TimesNow Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and other office bearers for Rs 500 crore for defamation, affirming that the news channel ran a “hate campaign” against him.
The notice issued by the lawyer Mubin Solkar said also claimed that the channel, though Goswami’s statements, had hurt the Muslim community and Naik’s religious sentiments, media reported.
According to Naik’s notice, The TimesNow chief has also been accused of “promoting disharmony and feelings of hatred…between different religious groups.” The Islamic preacher has demanded an unconditional apology from Goswami, in addition to a retraction of the comments made on his news channel.
Meanwhile, On his popular show ‘The Newshour Debate’ on Times Now, Arnab Goswami has been running stories against Zakir Naik since a report surfaced that terrorists involved in Dhaka attack were inspired by his speeches. Zakir Naik, in his press conference through Skype from Saudi Arabia, accused a section of media of carrying out media trial against him. Naik also gave an open challenge to Arnab Goswami for a debate over the allegations against him.
Naik has been under scanner since it emerged that one of the terrorist behind the siege at a cafe in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka had been inspired by the preacher’s speeches, however, Bangladesh later banned his international Islamic channel Peace TV from being broadcast in the country.