After he fails to respond to earlier summons, NIA sends Zakir Naik another
The NIA has now asked Naik to appear before it on March 30. Photograph: (Getty)
India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued another summons to controversial Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik, asking him to appear before it on March 30 in a case filed under the anti-terror law.
Zakir Naik is accused of 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, PTI reported.
ED attaches assets worth Rs 18.37 Crores of Islamic Research Foundation and others under PMLA in Zakir Naik case.— ANI (@ANI_news) March 20, 2017
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The NIA had asked previously asked Naik to appear before it on March 14 and ordered him to face questioning. The preacher and and founder of Islamic Research Foundation did not respond to the notice.
Zakir Naik and the Islamic Research Foundation had first come under the scanner after the terrorist responsible for the 2016 Dhaka cafe attacks said in an online post that he was inspired by Naik's speeches.
The Centre had banned the organisation for five years after declaring it as an "unlawful association" last year in November. The NIA followed up with raids on its premises in Mumbai on November 19.
The Islamic Research Foundation had filed a plea against an immediate ban and freezing of accounts of the organisation which was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on March 16. The court said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sufficient material for the immediate ban.
(WION with inputs from agencies)