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ED attaches assets, NIA serves notice noose tightens around zakir naik


Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday attached assets worth Rs 18.37 crore of Islamic Research Foundation and others in connection with its money laundering probe against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

The agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) attaching mutual funds worth about Rs 9.41 crore and five bank accounts containing deposits worth Rs 1.23 crore in the name of Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

The order also attached a school building valued at Rs 7.05 crore belonging to Islamic Education Trust Chennai and a godown building in the name of Ms Harmony Media Private Limited worth Rs 68 lakh.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it attached the assets “in view of their involvement in the case.”

The agency had registered a criminal case against Naik and others last December after taking cognisance of an NIA complaint filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

On Monday, the NIA on Monday issued a second notice to Naik asking him to appear before it on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law.

The agency had early this month issued the first summons to him asking him to appear on March 14.

Islamic Research Foundation’s assets worth Rs 18.37 cr was attached by ED. These included mutual funds worth Rs 9.41 cr, five bank accounts containing deposits worth Rs 1.23 cr, a school building valued at Rs 7.05 cr and a godown Rs 68 L.