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NIA Asks Zakir Naik to Join Investigations on March 14

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to join investigations at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14, 2017.

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Updated:March 7, 2017, 7:23 PM IST
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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to join investigations at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14, 2017.

Naik, who is said to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the Dhaka terror strike last year claimed they were inspired by him, has been booked, along with unnamed officials of his IRF, for promoting enmity among different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

In November 2016, NIA had filed a complaint against 51-year-old Naik under UAPA and carried out searches at 10 premises of his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) following which IRF was put on restricted list by the Union Home Ministry for illegally receiving funds from abroad.

According to the investigative agency, five private companies, in which Naik's sister Nailah Naushad Noorani is designated as director and additional director have come under the scanner after the agency found "connections" between the companies and IRF.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Naik's sister in connection with a money laundering probe against him and others.

Officials said Noorani met the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case at the agency's office in Mumbai 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.

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

The Enforcement Directorate 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. It has also summoned Naik but he is still to depose before the agency as he is reported to be abroad.

It has recently arrested Naik's close aide Aamir Gazdar in this case.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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