NIA issues yet another notice to Zakir Naik-led IRF

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

After controversial preacher Zakir Naik failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), even when 4 summons were issued to him, the agency has attached assets worth Rs 18.37 crore belonging to Naik's Islamic research Foundation (IRF). The NIA has directed Naik to be present at its office in Delhi on March 30. "We have provisionally attached the property in Naik's case and we will soon seize it".

The notice was served following a case where he is allegedly accused of inciting enmity between the religious groups on the racial and communal grounds.

More trouble is brewing for Zakir Naik as the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is about to question him.

The agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) attaching mutual funds worth about Rs 9.41 crore and five bank accounts containing deposits worth Rs 1.23 crore in the name of Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

Zakir Naik has rejected all allegations of involvement in terror-related activities and opposed ban on the IRF.

Naik who is now in Saudi Arabia is the founding trustee of the Islamic Research Foundation which was banned by the Home Ministry recently.

NIA issued notice to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to appear before NIA headquarter on 30 March. He is also the founder of the "comparative religion" Peace TV channel.

The notice has been sent to the Mumbai residence of 51-year-old Naik, who is believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after his activities came under scanner following accusations that he had inspired some of the terrorists who attacked a cafe in Dhaka last year. The court said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sufficient material for the immediate ban.

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