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Hours after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued fresh summons to ‘controversial’ Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday seized his assets worth Rs 18.37 crores under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case against him.

ED attached the assets of the televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation who is under scrutiny in a money-laundering case against him and his NGO.

The ED had previously summoned Zakir Naik’s brother Mohammad Naik among five other family members to investigate the money laundering charges against the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) trust.

The agency (ED) is also probing Zakir Naik’s investments in India and abroad besides the alleged terror-funding charges against him.

Earlier in the day, NIA also issued a notice to 51-year-old Zakir Naik to appear at the NIA headquarters in New Delhi on March 30.

The notice was served following a case where he is allegedly accused of inciting enmity between the religious groups on the racial and communal grounds. The self-exiled Naik in February evaded the first notice served to him by the NIA.

Naik is believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest by the Indian law authorities. He is the founding trustee of IRF, IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.

First Published | 20 March 2017 7:24 PM
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