Zakir Naik’s Rs 16.40cr assets attached by Indian agency
Published : Sunday, 20 January, 2019 at 1:31 PM Count : 242
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) of India has attached controversial Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik's property worth about 16.40 crore Rupee in two cities-Mumbai and Pune-- in connection with the money laundering case against him amd others.
The total attachment in the case now stands at Rs. 50.49 crore, reports The Hindu.
The ED probe has been initiated on the basis of a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on October 26, 2017.
According to the NIA, the accused preacher deliberately “insulted the religious beliefs of Hindus, Christians and non-Wahabi Muslims, particularly Shia, Sufi and Barelvis”.
“Islamic Research Foundation and Harmony Media have been instrumental in maximum circulation of such incriminating speeches. For such activities the accused was receiving funds from Islamic Research Foundation as well as other unknown sources,” said the Directorate.
The ED had earlier made two provisional attachments worth Rs. 34.09 crore. “Further investigations revealed that funds to the tune of Rs. 49.20 crore were received in the NRE bank accounts of accused Zakir Naik in India from his Dubai accounts. The origin of these deposits was from unknown sources,” the agency said.
The ED alleges that Naik used the funds to the tune of Rs. 17.65 crore for purchase of properties from builders Salim Kodia, partner in MK Enterprises; Munaf Vadgama, partner in Aafiyah Realtors; Sameer Khan, partner in Pacific Orient Genesis Associates; and Musa Lakdawala, partner of Lakdawala & Yash Associates.