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ED registers criminal case against Zakir Naik, IRF

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Zakir Naik

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has registered a criminal case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his organization IRF under money laundering laws. 

Officials said the agency's zonal office here has registered an FIR, called Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in ED's parlance, against Naik and others after taking cognizance of a similar complaint booked by the NIA under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them.

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The FIR has been registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). 

The ED, they said, will specifically look into the charges of alleged illegal funds laundered by the accused and the proceeds of crime in its probe. 

The agency has already scanned some banking transaction documents and other details against Naik and IRF and is soon expected to issue summons to take the probe forward. 

The National Investigation Agency had last month registered a case against 51-year-old Naik under anti-terror laws for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race. 

After registering the case against Naik, IRF and others, NIA along with Mumbai police had carried out searches at 10 places in the megapolis, including residential premises of some of the office-bearers of the foundation, which was earlier put on restricted list by the Union home ministry for receiving funds from abroad. 

Naik, who has been staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after his name surfaced during a probe into the Bangladesh terror strike earlier this year, has been booked along with unnamed IRF officials under section 153-A of IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) beside various sections of UAPA. 

The charges, in the FIR registered by the NIA's branch here, were also slapped under sections 10 (being member of an unlawful organization), 13 (punishment for being member of illegal organization) and 18 of UAPA (punishment for being involved in a conspiracy for committing any terror act). 

The IRF came under the scanner of security agencies after one of the terrorists involved in the Dhaka cafe attack had allegedly posted on social media that they had been inspired by Naik's speeches.

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