ED attaches assets worth Rs 18 crore of Zakir Naik-led IRF

This comes after Naik failed to appear in person before the agency despite four summons issued to him.

According to a rough estimate, the market value of these properties are somewhere around Rs 100 crore, NIA official was quoted by HT in January 2017.

Naik who is now in Saudi Arabia is the founding trustee of the Islamic Research Foundation which was banned by the Home Ministry recently. Act (UAPA) have also been slapped on him, PTI reported.

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

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.

This is the second notice that has been issued to Naik in March.

In an interview with Malay daily "Sinar Harian" at its Karangkraf office in Shah Alam, the 50-year-old founder of the IRF chief said, "I have never done a rebellion or conducted terrorist acts against humans all my life".

"There are certain quarters who do not want peace in this world".

The reactions from Naik came in the backdrop of the Delhi high Court dismissing his plea and ruling that the Centre's decision to ban IRF was taken to safeguard sovereignty of India. "However, the source of this foreign income is yet to be identified", the spokesman said, adding that the controversial preacher had earlier been asked to join the probe on March 14, but he did not turn up.

He is also accused of indulging in acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony besides various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The court said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sufficient material for the immediate ban.

  • Carolyn Briggs