Islamic preacher Zakir Naik owns at least 37 properties, most of which are located in the towns of Maharashtra, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said. Of the 37 properties owned by Naik, 25 are flats located in Mumbai alone. He owns properties in Pune and Solapur as well.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing a layering of funds amounting to Rs 47.69 crore received by Zakir Naik through banking channels and Rs 64 crore received as donations by his trust, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).
Sources said the money, received through banking channels, has travelled through a series of accounts maintained by Naik’s family members. Around Rs. 23 crore remitted from Naik’s overseas account to his Indian bank account were transferred to his sister Nailah Noorani’s account, sources in the security establishment said. In the case of donations received by IRF, the donors were mentioned just as “well-wishers”, raising doubts, said an official from the security establishment.
The investigating agency had filed a case against Naik and IRF for encouraging Muslim youth to indulge in violence and promoting enmity between groups on the basis of religion and race. He was also booked for indulging in activities that were a threat to peace and communal harmony in the country.