Rs.60 crore deposited in Zakir Naik’s accounts

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In the ongoing probe in the controversial televangelist Zakir Naik, it is found that a total of Rs.60 crore was deposited in his bank accounts in the last three years.

Mumbai police sources said that the amounts were transferred to his family members’ accounts. According to sources, the police still did not know what this money was meant for. However, the amounts do not belong to Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation but is his own.

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. 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.

Union Minister for Home Rajnath Singh said on Friday that the government is examining the speeches of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The action came following revelations that two of the five young militants drew inspirations from the speeches of Zakir Naik. It may be recalled that they massacred 20 hostages including an Indian at a popular café in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on July 1 and ‘Government examining the speeches of Zakir Naik’, says Rajnath Singh.

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