Thursday, August 11, 2016

Police say Zakir Naik got Rs 60cr in 3 years from abroad




He Then Moved Entire Sum To Kin's Bank ACs 

Mumbai: A total of Rs 60 crore was deposited in controversial televangelist Zakir Naik's bank account in the last three years from three different countries, a Mumbai police investigation has found. The money was transferred to five accounts belonging to Naik's family members, a police officer who did not wish to be named said. Police sources said they had probed the money angle and found details of all transactions.“We still don't know what this money was meant for. We have made an inquiry and found the money trail. The money was transferred to family members' accounts,“ said the officer.
The account, the officer made clear, does not belong to Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) but is his own.
Police are looking into the financial transactions of Naik and the IRF . However, they are yet to question IRF officials.“We may question them about the source of income, the connection between the depositors and Naik,“ said the officer.
A decision on whet her to initiate action ag ainst Naik's two NGOs under the Foreign Cont ributions (Regulation) Act 2010 is yet to be taken. The Union home ministry is examining possible FCRA violations by IRF and IRF Educational Trust, both registered as “educational“ NGOs under FCRA but reportedly receiving and utilising foreign funds for “religious and religion-linked“ activities. A source close to Naik ho wever said, “There is no illegal transaction. The money came into the bank account, and all the records of IRF have been cleared till 2015 by the income-tax department. Whatever money came is in white and all the records are maintained. This also helps the country's foreign exchange to grow.“

Mumbai police are also probing the accounts of an international school run by Naik. A police inquiry report, submitted to commissioner D D Padsalgikar recently , was compiled after going through the bank statements and money transfers, sources said.

TOI had on Wednesday reported that the Maharashtra government is all set to book Naik for promoting religious enmity . The tele-preacher has been under the scanner after a probe into the July 1 Dhaka at tack revealed two of the attackers were inspired by him.

Last month, Kerala police registered a case of forcible conversion against Arshi Qu reshi and Rizwan Khan and arrested the two. Qureshi was in the past attached to the IRF .Mumbai police on August 6 registered a case against four per sons, including Khan and Qureshi, for allegedly radicalizing Ashfaque Abdul Majeed, 22, a Kerala resident, and instigating him to join the IS.
Dr Zakir Naik

The Times of India, August 11, 2016

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