NIA issues yet another notice to Zakir Naik-led IRF

NIA tightens noose around Islamic preacher Zakir Naik after aides expose him

The NIA had issued first notice to Naik on February 28 for joining the investigation of the instant NIA case at its Headquarters in New Delhi, on March 14.

However, the source of this foreign income is yet to be identified.

"Some of the witnesses have given statements before the magistrate, wherein they have stated how Naik promoted enmity and hatred among people of different religious beliefs, through his public utterances, and how he hurt religious sentiments of followers of other sects or religions", an NIA spokesperson said.

Zakir and his associates were listed in an FIR previous year in November. The ED, based on an NIA investigation report, had conducted raids at several premises including those of the IRF previous year and seized evidence, including documents and electronic storage devices.

Mumbai: In more trouble for NRI televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is likely to question him after his close accomplishes revealed how he operated the accounts of his NGO Islamic Research Foundation for terror-related activities. His NGO named Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was closed over the allegations of being an unlawful organisation under the UAPA.

"A Provisional Attachment Order attaching mutual fund having value of Rs. 9.41 crore of IRF, a godown having value of Rs 0.68 crore of M/s Harmony Media Pvt Ltd and a school building valued at Rs 7.05 crore belonging to the Islamic Education Trust, Chennai, has been issued", an ED statement said.

In a statement, ED on Monday said, "The investigations reveal that the proceeds of crime generated through the provocative speech of Dr. Zakir Naik has been either routed and transferred or utilised for the goal other than for which they have been generated".

Last month, he had written a letter to the agency, which had issued summons against him in a money laundering case, requesting it to send a questionnaire as he fears arrest after being appearing before them personally. Gazdar is now in the judicial custody and the central agency has accused him for allegedly acquiring and disposing of cash.

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