Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Indian agency issues summons to Zakir Naik

Indian agency issues summons to Zakir Naik

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.

Besides, five bank accounts of IRF having balances of Rs. 1.23 crore have been attached provisionally.

The NIA is probing several cases against Naik. Zakir Naik's speeches also said to have inspired the Kanpur blast.

An NIA spokesman said that almost 60 persons had been examined by the probe agency so far which included some of family members of Naik, some of his business associates, some employees and staff of the Islamic Research Foundation as well as Harmony Media Private Limited, founded by the controversial preacher.

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.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it attached the assets "in view of their involvement in the case".

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

The NIA will reportedly summon Naik and ask the preacher to appear before it on March 30.

Naik, IRF, IRF Educational Trust and others have been booed by the NIA under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, criminal conspiracy (120-B) and Section 153 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

The second notice has been sent to his Mumbai residence. He is also the founder of the "comparative religion" Peace TV channel. The court said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sufficient material for the immediate ban.

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