Zakir Naik Summoned By NIA For Investigation


New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik summoning him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14.

It is believed Naik is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after perpetrators of the Dhaka terror strike last year claimed they were inspired by him.

The 51-year-old preacher has been booked along with unnamed officials of his Islamic Research Foundation for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. He’s also been accused of indulging in acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony beside various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today questioned Naik’s sister in connection with a money laundering probe against him and others.

Officials said Naik’s sister Nailah Noorani met the Investigating Officer of the case at the agency’s office here during which her statement was recorded under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

They said the agency wanted to grill Noorani about the alleged fund transactions in her account and the firms associated with her.

The central probe agency had registered a criminal case against Naik and others last December after taking cognizance of an NIA complaint filed under the UAPA.

The ED is looking into the charges of alleged laundering of illegal funds by the accused in the case and the subsequent proceeds of crime thus generated.