New Delhi: Calling Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s speeches "highly objectionable," the government yesterday said the Home Ministry will take appropriate action after studying them.

Dr Zakir Naik
Dr Zakir Naik

"The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable," Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Naidu’s remarks came a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the preacher, whose speeches are believed to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka.

"Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken," he had said.