NIA issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik

Indian agency issues summons to Zakir Naik

In the first major crackdown against televangelist Zakir Naik, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached properties of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) worth Rs 18.37 crore in the form of mutual fund, real estate properties and bank balances. "We have provisionally attached the property in Naik's case and we will soon seize it".

In the FIR, the NIA alleged that Naik incited Muslim youths to commit unlawful and terrorist acts, officials said.

The officer added that the ED is in the process of taking strict action against Naik for not appearing before the agency despite have been issued three summons.

"Some of the witnesses have given statements before the Magistrate, wherein they have stated as to how Dr Zakir Naik had promoted enmity and hatred among the people of different religious beliefs, through his public utterances, and how he had hurt the religious sentiments of followers of other sects or religions", the spokesman said.

Naik was reacting to the Centre's five-year ban against his organisation - the Islamic Research Foundation - and freezing of its accounts.

Zakir Naik has rejected all allegations of involvement in terror-related activities and opposed ban on the IRF.

Meanwhile, Atif Muzzafar, a terror case accused arrested by the NIA, had also reportedly confessed that he was inspired by Naik's hate speeches. He is also the founder of the "comparative religion" Peace TV channel.

Naik, IRF, IRF Educational Trust and others have been booed by the NIA under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, criminal conspiracy (120-B) and Section 153 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. The court said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sufficient material for the immediate ban.



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