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Second NIA notice to Zakir Naik asks him to join investigation

The NIA issued a second notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik asking him to appear before it on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law. A Bhopal blast accused and two others have claimed to be inspired from the preacher’s speeches on television, in which he used to say against Hindu Gods.

The agency had early this month issued the first summons to him asking him to appear on March 14.

Officials said Mr. Naik has been summoned at the NIA’s headquarters in New Delhi.

The notice has been sent to the Mumbai residence of 51-year-old Mr. Naik, who is believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after his activities came under scanner following accusations that he had inspired some of the terrorists who attacked a cafe in Dhaka last year.

Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation official has received the second notice on Friday. This notice will only add to the list of summons that has been issued to Naik by Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Meanwhile, ED has recorded statement of Naik’s sister Nailah Noorani under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Earlier, ED said that properties belonging to Zakir Naik worth Rs. 100 crore in India will be attached soon and process to issue a non-bailable warrant against him will be initiated. Hawala transactions, his sister’s role in Rs. 200 crore transaction is being probed.

The physician-turned-preacher has been booked for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) have also been slapped on him.

In the FIR, the NIA alleged that Mr. Naik incited Muslim youths to commit unlawful and terrorist acts, the official said.

The Centre had declared Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO based at Dongri in south Mumbai, an unlawful organisation under the UAPA.

The Delhi High Court had recently upheld the decision to immediately ban IRF saying the organisation and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity.”

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