NIA teams recovers 500 CDs from Harmony Media office

The documents pertain to foreign and domestic funding.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 24, 2016 2:15 am
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On Wednesday, the agency summoned office bearers of the IRF and its affiliates, including the deputy manager and the registrar of Harmony Media.

The NIA teams raiding IRF properties have recovered over 500 CDs from Harmony Media office in South Mumbai. Most of these CDs have clips that were aired on Peace TV. “There is a pattern in these audio-visual capsules. A typical clip begins with an article pertaining to a specific aspect of another religion, or a byte of a popular personality representing a different religious belief. After this, Zakir Naik’s excerpts from a lecture would be juxtaposed to offer a contrary view with the intention of glorifying Islam over other religions,” explained an official.

The NIA has also recovered documents pertaining to five companies (Harmony Media Private Limited, Longlast Constructions Private Limited, Right Property Solutions Private Limited, Majestic Perfumes Private Limited and Alpha Lubricants Private Limited) floated by Naik. The documents pertain to foreign and domestic funding.

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On Wednesday, the agency summoned office bearers of the IRF and its affiliates, including the deputy manager and the registrar of Harmony Media. The deputy manager was quizzed for over six hours and sources reveal that he has given details on how the production and the post-production activities of the clips were undertaken. “An Apple computer on which these videos were edited was seized from the premises. We have only seized expensive production equipment used by Harmony Media to produce the content,” added the official.

The sleuths were surprised to see jammers installed inside the office of Harmony Media and the strict following of the Ahle Hadees form of Islam. “There was a strict dress code for both male and female recruits,” said a source.

It now plans to summon the directors of these companies, including Naik’s wife Farhat. An IRF spokesperson said the material seized from different locations pertains to print and digital material that already existed. “So how can they be incriminating in nature?” said the spokesperson.