Second NIA notice to Zakir Naik asks him to join investigation

The 51-year-old preacher has been booked along with other unnamed officials of his IRF for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a second notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 30.

The previous notice had asked him to appear on March 14.

Naik's Islamic Research Foundation official has received the second notice on Friday. This notice will only add to the list of summons that has been issued to Naik by Enforcement Directorate (ED).

It is believed that Naik is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after perpetrators of the Dhaka terror attack last year claimed that they were inspired by him.

The 51-year-old preacher has been booked along with other unnamed officials of his IRF for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.

He has also been accused of indulging in acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony beside various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Meanwhile, ED has recorded statement of Naik's sister Nailah Noorani under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Earlier, ED said that properties belonging to Zakir Naik worth Rs 100 crore in India will be attached soon and process to issue a non-bailable warrant against him will be initiated. Hawala transactions, his sister's role in Rs 200 crore transaction is being probed.

The ED will begin legal process to issue the warrant against him will be initiated if does not appear by the prescribed date.

Meanwhile, ED is short listing properties of Dr Naik in India which could be attached soon. The valuation of these properties could be around Rs 100 crore.

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