Mumbai: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday declared the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as a proclaimed offender, news agency PTI reported. His assets will also be attached said the investigative agency. On July 19, the Regional Passport Office of Mumbai revoked the passport of the founder of Islamic Research Foundation. Naik is wanted in connection with cases of alleged terror funding.
According to a PTI report, the order to declare Naik a proclaimed offender was issued recently by a special court in Mumbai. Eventually, the process of attachment of his assets under section 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been initiated.
Naik fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorist claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on ‘jihad’ and ‘Islam’. The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), was also declared an “unlawful association” by the government.
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) statement said, “The Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, has revoked the Indian passport of Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, resident of B-1005/1006 Jasmine Apartment, 65-B, Dockyard Road, Mazagaon, Mumbai, under the provisions of the Passport Act 1967.”
Earlier, Naik failed to respond to three summons issued to him in cases filed under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. NIA also registered a criminal case against him at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.