Police close FCRA case against Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation

Zakir Naik was the managing director from May 8, 2006 till he resigned on March 13, 2013.

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published: November 8, 2016 1:43 am
zakir naik, zakir naik case, zakir naik ngo, islamic research foundation, irf, zakir naik irf, zakir case fcra, zakir naik irf case, india news, indian express news A probe was ordered by the Maharashtra Government after reports appeared of two terrorists in the July Dhaka bombings being inspired by Zakir Naik. (Source: File Photo)

WITH NO complaints of cheating or duping of funds so far against the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the NGO run by controversial televangelist, Dr Zakir Naik, the Mumbai Police has closed its probe in the case. “For us to probe the irregularities, we require a complaint. In the IRF case, the Rs 60 crore donation which has been found to be suspicious, no one has come forward to lodge a complaint that they have been cheated or the money was fraudulently obtained by IRF. In the absence of a complainant, we have closed the case,” a senior official from the State Home Department told The Indian Express.

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A probe was ordered by the Maharashtra Government after reports appeared of two terrorists in the July Dhaka bombings being inspired by Naik. In August, the Mumbai Police submitted a report prepared by its Special Branch (SB), the intelligence wing of the Mumbai Police indicting Naik for making ‘pro-terror’ speeches and ‘influencing vulnerable minds’ to join terror organisations. The report also listed the finances of IRF and other companies relating to Naik while suggesting that central and state agencies probe the matter further.

Based on findings by various central and state agencies including the Mumbai Police, the Home Department earlier this month launched the process of cancelling its registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) by issuing a show cause notice to the NGO. Sources said the Government is also in the process of declaring IRF as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and an approval from the Union Cabinet is now being awaited. The probe revealed that close to Rs 60 crore was allegedly deposited from countries in the Middle East into the account of a relative of Zakir Naik from where it was then allegedly transferred to Naik’s wife, children and other relatives.

“During the probe, we came across one local bank account in which over Rs 50-Rs 60 crore had been transferred from middle eastern countries. This account allegedly belonged to a relative of Naik. When probed deeper, we found out that funds were subsequently transferred to the accounts of Naik’s wife, his children and even some of his close relatives,” said the official from the State Home Department, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The agencies had also identified four shell companies allegedly controlled by Naik and his family.

As reported by The Indian Express earlier, the RoC records show that Zakir Naik and his wife, Farhat Zakir Naik, were promoters-cum-directors of the two real estate companies- Longlast Construction and Right Property Solutions – till March 2013. Both these companies did not report any income in the seven-year period between FY’09 and FY’15, although one reported a surge in borrowings. Other than the two real estate firms, a video and software production company Harmony Media was incorporated in 2005. Zakir Naik was the managing director from May 8, 2006 till he resigned on March 13, 2013. His wife was appointed on the board on May 8, 2006, and resigned on March 15, 2013.

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    Dinesh
    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:30 am
    All the Muslim in India,stan are not real Muslim you lot are Converted B******
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      Dinesh
      Nov 8, 2016 at 6:11 am
      Should have hang the b******
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        Dinesh
        Nov 8, 2016 at 7:29 am
        Zakir should have been hanged son B******
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          Mohamed
          Nov 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm
          Brahma Sutra) "Do not worship anyone besides him alone, praise him alone" (Rigveda, Book 8, Hymn 1, Verse 1) "Praise him would matchless and alone" (Rigveda, Book 6, Hymn 45, Verse 16)"Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires, they worship demigods" (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7, Verse 20)"God is one and only, not a second" (Chandogya Upanishad, Chapter 6, Section 2, Verse 1)"Of him (God), there is no parents, no Lord" (Svetasvatara Upanishad, Chapter 6, Verse 9) lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please if any one dare to reply to me this please reply its yours books which clearly says worship only one creator leave about others but atlis first read and try to understand yours own scriptures my brother and sisters.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Read your own religious books and follow what is same in our books let's unite.
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            Mohamed
            Nov 8, 2016 at 7:08 am
            None of zakir naiks speeches has been proved illogical or hatred speech he just trys to bring all follower to the truth from all the book of all the religions if its all hatred than why all the religious gurus attends his meeting and praise him. lt;br/gt;Every religion says creator is 1 but ths politicians jus want to divide us indians by creating hatred and misunderstandings in everyones heart and get the votes.
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