Zakir Naik is in trouble all over again. The Enforcement Directorate has registered a criminal case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his organisation Islamic Research Foundation under various money laundering laws. Earlier in November, following various investigations, Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation by the central government. His NGO was banned as an “unlawful” organization under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for 5 years from immediate effect by the union cabinet.
Just a few days after Government of India banned Islamic Research Foundation, the NGO of hate-preacher Zakir Naik under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided at 12 different locations in Mumbai in connection with his NGO. During these raids, NIA recovered ‘incriminating’ documents, files, electronic storage devices and Rs 12 lakh in cash. The Income Tax also joined the NIA during the raids as Zakir Naik and his NGO are alleged to have received unaccounted foreign funds.
Officials said the agency’s zonal office here has registered a first information report, which is known as Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in the parlance of Enforcement Directorate, against Naik and others. The ECIR on Naik and his associates has been filed after taking cognizance of a similar complaint by the National Investigation Agencies under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them after the raid on various locations last month. NIA has said that Enforcement Directorate will specifically look into the charges of alleged illegal funds laundered by the accused and the proceeds of crime in its probe.
Hate-preacher Zakir Naik and his associates from Islamic Research Foundation were booked by NIA under section 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) beside various sections of UAPA. National Investigation Agency had also slapped charges on them under sections 10 (being member of an unlawful organisation), 13 (punishment for being member of illegal organisation) and 18 of UAPA (punishment for being involved in a conspiracy for committing any terror act).
However, Zakir Naik has been evading his arrest by staying in Saudi Arabia. In order to evade his arrest, he did not come to India even for the funeral of his father last month. The trouble for him is increasing more and more with every passing day.