ED attaches Rs 18.37 crore assets of Zakir Naik's IRF

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The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth Rs 18.37 crore of the Islamic Research Foundation. The IRF run by Dr Zakir Naik was banned by the union home ministry. The attachment of assets was carried out under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Zakir Naik

Earlier the NIA had issued another notice to Zakir Naik. The NIA has directed Naik to be present at its office in Delhi on March 30.

This is the second notice that has been issued to Naik in March. The last time the NIA had issued notice to Naik and ordered him to face questioning on March 14. Naik however did not respond to the notice. The notice was received by his brother. He had on an earlier occasion sought permission to depose through video conferencing, but the plea was rejected.

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

The NIA is probing several cases against Naik. They include forcible conversions and also indoctrination of youth who took to terror. The Dhaka Cafe attacker had said that he was inspited by Dr Naik to take up jihad.

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