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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    Kanti
    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.
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          IslamForFoools
          Nov 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm
          Halal b*tch
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            IslamForFoools
            Nov 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
            Muslims eat Arab people's G00, slaves, pure slaves
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              andy
              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?
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                  Anon
                  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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                    lafanga
                    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm
                    If you had logic on your side you wouldnt have to type this typical Hindu drivel. Loser.
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                      lafanga
                      Nov 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm
                      Instead of blaming him, can the GOI or anyone else provide evidence where exactly he incited violence and terror? All his speeches are publicly available on youtube and other media so its not hard to find out.
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                        IML sood
                        Nov 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm
                        Self praise needs no recommendation especially from a terror supporter. His time to fool the Indian public is over as there is longer Cong. Party in power and when he was pampered.
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                          Jahan
                          Nov 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm
                          there are many criminals - gang star used to follow all Indian cricketers, film stars, why not they all are banned .. very stupid allegation, and Some stupids asking why not to zakir naik come and face. Yes he should back Indian, if they realize allegation against zakir naik very Stupid
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                            khaja
                            Nov 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm
                            Is 14 crores in past 15 years with International renown Orator is Money Laundering ? Where respected Vijay Mallya stand ? Govt., pave the way to escape after the issue of fraud surfaced, all other activities of vijay mallya will not be under scanner ? MP Govt., allotted 1000 acre to Baba ramdev, on what basis ? Did govt., send IT officials to Sri Sri Ravishankar who arranged the senseless meet for 3 days on the banks of Yamuna, recently about 20 people died in one of his gathering, is there question to him about the lapses in arrangements ? Come on, the function of entire Govt., is not something fair it seems. Let them remember that right now they are Governing body first, pracharek atude to keep out of public office.
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                              Kumar
                              Nov 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                              You are 100% right in saying that the decision against you are communal decision. You cannot expect good from this hatemonger anti Indian government.
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                                DILIP
                                Nov 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                                Go nad bend in front of him obedient rent a boy because he likes to hump butt_s. Have him pleasured.
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                                  DILIP
                                  Nov 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm
                                  If you know so much about logic then why do you write such disgusted sh11t.
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                                    DILIP
                                    Nov 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                                    Islamo Fascist slippery slimy bigoted LIAR, like most dishonest muslims.
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                                      DILIP
                                      Nov 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                                      Kutta will always have their eyes stuck inside mullha;s bu_tt no need of proof.
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                                        DILIP
                                        Nov 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                                        No Camels POOO
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                                          DILIP
                                          Nov 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm
                                          They are sodomy experts, it is their monopoly. They are mostly depraved savages.
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                                            Prateik
                                            Nov 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm
                                            Hatred will destroy your soul..stop
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