Zakir Naik's sister quizzed by ED officials in money laundering case

Zakir Naik's sister quizzed by ED officials in money laundering case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today issued notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to join the investigation at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 14.

Officials said Nailah Noorani met the officer probing the money laundering case registered against Naik under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Last week, the ED had arrested Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of Naik, in connection with the money laundering case.

Naik had responded to an ED notice last month, suggesting that he would wait before the high court tribunal hearing his appeal against the ban on IRF under the anti-terror law before he returns to India.

The NIA has sent a summon to Zakir Naik's father Abdul Karim Naik at his Mumbai residence that was received by Naik's brother Dr Mohammad Abdul Karim Naik.

It has also summoned Naik but he is still to depose before the agency as he is reported to be overseas. The NIA is probing Naik for speeches that allegedly "spread enmity" among communities.

On November 15, the Union government banned the IRF for five years after declaring it as an "unlawful association" under the anti-terror laws. Naik (51) is said to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the Dhaka terror strike past year claimed that they were inspired by him.

The ED was looking into the charges of alleged laundering of illegal funds by Zakir Naik and the subsequent proceeds of crime thus generated.

ED officials during their investigations had claimed to have established a money trail of approximate Rs 200 crore linked to Zakir Naik and his NGO the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) through 22 bank accounts they accessed.