KUALA LUMPUR: Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik is under investigation by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) for allegedly having been using Islamic charity funds for his own use to purchase properties worth millions of dollars.
India’s ED is accusing him of accumulating assets worth RM113 million by diverting funds and donations received from Islamic countries meant for the welfare of Muslims, The Times of India reported yesterday.
According to the paper, India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) ‘s money laundering investigations showed that a lot of assets including at least 20 flats in the cities of Mumbai and Pune in India are under his wife’s and son’s names.
The probe alleges that controversial Islamic preacher Zakir has used the Islamic Research Foundation donations that were meant for the social welfare of the Muslim community to purchase the properties.
The probe allegedly said that he had raised donations amounting to RM38.3mil from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, besides India, between 2014 and 2017.
On March 22, Zakir’s close aide Najmudin Sathak was arrested by ED officers under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) for his role in actively assisting Zakir and aiding him in money laundering by transferring funds of dubious origin from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community, according to the MalayMail..
Zakir, who is wanted in India for several alleged money-laundering and terrorism cases, has been living in Malaysia for many years. He is a permanent resident in Malaysia, Last July, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that Malaysia would not deport Dr Zakir “as long as he is not creating any problems” here. –
Resource: The Times of India /Malay Mail/Yahoo News