No misuse of funds by my NGO, every penny accounted for: Zakir Naik

The Centre recently banned the IRF for five years and declared it as an unlawful association. Naik said the ban on IRF was politically motivated.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:November 27, 2016 7:13 pm
Zakir Naik, Zakir Naik ngo, Zakir Naik ngo funds, ngo funds, foreign funds ngo, Islamic Research Foundation, IRF, terrorism, india news Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. (Source: File)

Facing heat over charge of inspiring some of the Dhaka attackers through his speeches, he said the moment someone resorts to violence, he ceases to be Islamic and loses his support. “It is wrong to imply that a few miscreants who joined terror groups were influenced by me. So if I was really spreading terror, wouldn’t I have made a few lakh terrorists by now? Not just a handful.

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“In a fan following of millions, there may be a handful of anti-social elements who will go astray and take up violence. But they are surely not following what I’ve told them. The moment they pick up senseless violence, they cease to be Islamic and they surely lose my support,” Naik told PTI in an e-mail interview.

Asked about the legal steps he would take to challenge the ban on his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), he said his legal teams in Mumbai and Delhi were looking into the issue and would move the Court soon.

The Centre recently banned the IRF for five years and declared it as an unlawful association. Naik said the ban on IRF was politically motivated.

On allegations of money laundering by IRF in the funds received from abroad, he said the Rs 47 crore in question came from his personal account in Dubai to his personal account in Mumbai in the last six plus years.

“It was duly declared by me in the returns and used for lawful activities, including giving gifts and loans to my family members. I don’t know where is the problem in that.

“IRF received about Rs 14 crore in the FCRA account over the past 15 years. Of this, about Rs 4 crore was from NRIs living abroad. Only about Rs 10 crore was received from foreign donors in the last about 15 years. All of this was duly declared to the MHA, including the amounts, the names and the addresses of the donors. So, where is the question of money laundering?” Naik asked.

Asked why was he not returning to India, Naik said he has repeatedly offered his co-operation to government agencies in their investigations but till date, no agency bothered to contact him, ask him questions, or send him any notice.

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  1. K
    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm
    I don't whether you follow any religion or not but issue of Zaik Naik is nothing to do with religion, it's just how you oppress without any valid evidence.
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      Pradeep Shetty
      Nov 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm
      His teachings are filled with hate . He even glorifiés Osama Bin Laden. He has no respect for any other releigion . He makes fun of all other releigion. His argumentât logic is of a thee year old child. This man is barred from entering Canada. Govt should have taken care of him long long time ago. Previous govt did nothing to stop his vile filled sermons.
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        Shafted mohammed
        Nov 27, 2016 at 9:16 pm
        Fattu , if you are right come back and prove as you are cared to come that itself shows you were wrong.
        1. I
          Nov 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm
          Halal b*tch
          1. I
            Nov 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
            Muslims eat Arab people's G00, slaves, pure slaves
            1. A
              Nov 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm
              This rascal is getting funds for hate speech towards other religions name is naik but kalnaik
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                MEHMOOD H.
                Nov 27, 2016 at 8:23 pm
                Namaste! Why don't you tell us? By the way who was Bagwan Shree Rajneesh? Yo is it true that he only visited the world from 19th Jan., 1936 to 1990?
                1. A
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm
                  If he has done nothing wrong, let him prove it in the court of law. lt;br/gt;Now aaptard's will cry conspiracy.
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