A month after being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s sister Nailah Noorani was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for her alleged role in the company set up by her brother.
According to an Indian Express report, Noorani in her statement said that she “acted as a front” in Harmony Media, the firm set up by Naik in 2005, which produced videos of his “provocative speeches”.
She went on to inform the ED that she was also the director of four other companies, but her role was limited to signing cheques and documents whenever Naik demanded.
She further provided details of financial transactions done between 2013-16. Noorani said that her bank account received Rs 15.06 crore and Rs 14.02 crore as loans from her parents’ accounts. Over Rs 14 crore was also transferred to two companies where she held the director’s post.
Naik’s aide Aamir Gazdar, who was arrested on 16 February under Section 19 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), is also under the ED scanner after a complaint was filed against him on Monday. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Naik’s Islamic preacher and Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).
Gazdar was also one of Harmony Media’s director and holds 5 percent share.
The ED chargesheet said that he “has given an amount aggregating to the tune of Rs 2.35 crore during the period from 2005 to March 2016 to Harmony Media as a loan. This amount has been received back by him and no dues are pending”.
He also “handled unaccounted (money) to the tune of Rs 5 crore” for a short period of time which he then handed over to Naik.
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