NIA moves to revoke Zakir Naik’s passport, probe his money trail

NIA sources told The Indian Express that it was in September 2012 that Zakir Naik obtained a status of Non-Resident Indian. He left India on May 13, 2016, and has not returned since.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 8:10 am
Zakir Naik, Islamic Research Foundation, NIA The NIA has also initiated proceedings to get a Red Corner Notice against Naik and has sent the requisite documents to National Central Bureau (Interpol) NCB, India on May 11, 2017. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

The National Investigation Agency is set to move to revoke the Indian passport issued to Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) president Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik wanted in a criminal case registered last year. After interrogating Naik’s sister and aide, the agency says it is also tracking his web of financial transactions that include at least 10 companies and 19 properties in Mumbai and Pune in which Naik has invested an estimated Rs 104 crore. Highly placed sources told The Indian Express that Naik is, most probably, in Malaysia and seeking Malaysian citizenship. The NIA has also initiated proceedings to get a Red Corner Notice against Naik and has sent the requisite documents to National Central Bureau (Interpol) NCB, India on May 11, 2017.

Sources said that Naik holds Passport No. Z2200757 that was issued in Mumbai on May 13, 2011. His passport was renewed on January 20, 2016 in Mumbai and a new passport was issued in his name bearing number Z3606623, with a validity of 10 years. The NIA, on November 18, 2016, on the orders of Ministry of Home Affairs, registered a criminal case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under Sections 153A of Indian Penal Code and Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. IRF has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by Government of India as per a notification dated November 17, 2016.

NIA sources told The Indian Express that it was in September 2012 that Zakir Naik obtained a status of Non-Resident Indian. He left India on May 13, 2016, and has not returned since. The special NIA Court at Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik on April 21, 2017. NIA investigators claim that one Abu Anas, an accused chargesheeted in the “ISIS conspiracy case” registered by NIA in 2015, received a scholarship from Naik’s IRF for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015. Sources say that Hyderabad-based Abu Anas was alleged to be part of a conspiracy linked to an ISIS-affiliated group, Junood-ul-Khalifa-fil-Hind. The chargesheet in the ISIS case further elaborated that the members of the said group conducted a number of meetings in different parts of the country “to recruit Muslim youths to work for ISIS and to identify places for training and finally commit terrorist strikes at various public places and vital installations in India”.

NIA investigators found that Abu Anas and his associates received instructions from one Yusuf-Al-Hindi @ Shafi Armar @ Anjan Bhai who is based in Syria and is purportedly the media chief of ISIS. NIA has found that “the total amount of scholarship provided to Abu Anas by IRF was about Rs 1.5 lakh”. Probing Naik’s financial assets, investigators are learnt to have found huge investments in various properties across Mumbai and Pune. Sources said at least 19 properties have been identified in which Naik reportedly invested more than Rs 104 crore over the last few years.  The NIA has also traced a web of at least 11 companies incorporated by Naik with his family members and close aides as Directors of these companies. NIA has tracked the trail of financial transactions running into many crores through these companies and the bank accounts of Zakir Naik’s sister Nailah Noorani and their father Abdul Karim Naik (now deceased) that took place in the last few years.

Nailah Noorani and a few close aides of Zakir Naik, sources said, have revealed financial details to interrogators in their statements duly recorded by the NIA following the relevant procedures of law. NIA has been looking for Naik since last year accusing him of “encouraging and aiding his followers through his public speeches, lectures and talks, to promote on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious communities and groups”. Naik has delivered over 1500 public lectures/ talks in India and abroad. His last public lecture in India was held in Kishanganj, Bihar in March, 2012.

NIA investigators have recorded the statement of Naik’s close aide Aamir Abdul Mannan Gazdar who is said to have told interrogators that he was merely a signatory in a number of companies owned by Naik and that he used to sign cheques later counter-signed by Naik’s sister Nailah. NIA Director General Sharad Kumar told The Indian Express: “He (Naik) is not cooperating with us despite repeated notices sent to him asking him to join investigations.”

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    Pritam Saha
    Jun 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm
    This anti Hindu anti India terrorist should be arrested asap
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      Khan
      Jun 10, 2017 at 11:00 am
      All rubbish news. If you have courage, take his interview through Skype. Whatever he has done, he has done them to educate Muslimabout Islam. Allah SWT will protect him , his familty members and aides all around the world. Ameen.
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        Hassan
        Jun 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm
        dr zakir naik is peacefull person there is not a single prove again him yet indian wants him to come to india what the is this trick??? if indian angecies wants to introget him why cant just they come to skype or come at nutral ground this show it self that they just want to torture him this is the only perpose of them nothing else keep up doing dawah spread peace dr zakir naik we are with you...
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          Anad
          Jun 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm
          Z Naik was one of the most venomous snake who destro many family thru his hate speech in the garb of peace .Because of him many families has gone to pieces , some taking to extreemism and some to conversion .He was using hypnotism to convince innocent fence sitters with emotional blackmai .It is more than 2000 cr he is having ets and properties in benami names ,schools etc. If India govt has guts they should send red notice and arrest him instead of using the repeated rhetoric of investigation and dragging the issue the last 3 yrs since they came to power not even asingle criminal is arrested or their properties confiscated other than always showing 56'' chest and foo the poor and middle class. The elite cl has understood the futility of expecting from Modi other than monkey bath . No more people believe his hollow promises.It is the same UPA -NDA -UPA drama to fool the public.I lost trust in Modi
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            Nitin Deolekar
            Jun 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm
            ISIS Terrorist are also growing now in India, may be due to Dirty Nehru-Ambedkar Laws Like No Common Civil Code?? After Gifting Best Lands of Pak & Bangla to Muslims as per their demands; rest India Lands are mainly for Hindu & 0.7 Buddha. But Pseudo Secular hi-Nehru Allowed Muslims to stay here? That has created all such serious problems for Hindus even in India Today!! in 1947 Hindu Population in Pak was 27 & Bangladesh was 30 . Now not even 5 Hindu remained there. Better Change Dirty Laws Done by pseudo secular Nehru-Ambedkar like No Common civil code? Else till then cancel Hindu 1-wife Act Law done by Buddha Ambedkar. Revert Mr.Ambedkar Laws. Allow 2-shadi written Talak for Hindu. And force China 1-child Law to Muslim brothers for next 70 years. That shall help Muslims to prosper like China! Stop Education in Madrassah, teach muslims with Hindu in common. Teach Muslim Girls Tennis from Sania Mirza!! Gift Reservation for Muslim Women in BC Quota instead of Ambedkar caste.
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              Hassan
              Jun 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm
              dr zakir naik is peacefull person there is not a single prove against him yet indian wants him to come to india what the is this trick??? if indian angecies wants to introget him why cant just they come to skype or come at nutral ground this show it self that they just want to torture him this is the only perpose of them nothing else keep up doing dawah spread peace dr zakir naik we are with you...
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              David
              Jun 9, 2017 at 11:40 am
              Why not confiscate all his money and property till he proves his innocence. Enough of the Con gress b iryani festival.
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                Tanbeer alam
                Jun 9, 2017 at 10:54 am
                Wah wah .Now after namo become emperor of Bharat he is going against Muslim who has influence in society. The Hindu terrorist are getting clean chit by these Sanghi thugs and innocent people are getting in trap.
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                  SP
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 10:33 am
                  We have to do away with the concept of Non-resident Indian. The US Citizens have to file tax returns even when they are overseas through out the year. Either you are Indian citizen or not Indian citizen
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