In a further trouble for controversial preacher Zakir Naik, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has today filed a case against him under the money laundering act. Earlier this month, National Investigation Agency had decided to ask financial firms to decipher Zakir Naik’s papers. The decision had come weeks after the agency had filed an FIR against the preacher. It had also raided few of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) offices in Mumbai.
Recently, he had termed the five-year ban on IRF by the Centre as the attack on “Muslims, peace, democracy and justice”. In an open letter he had said that the ban on his organisation was timed with the demonetisation step in order to shift the attention of the media. IRF was declared by the Centre as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). In the letter, the 51-year-old had also said he would look for all legal options against the ban and added that that the judiciary would fail the BJP-lead Government in its ‘plans’.
The preacher was booked under section 153-A of IPC apart from various sections of UAPA. Before any investigatrion was done, even before reports were submitted, the IRF was already banned, Zakir Naik had written further in the letter.
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“Whether it was owing to my religion or some other reason, does not matter. What now matters is that my work of 25 years –completely lawful work – has been banned. And that is the most unfortunate thing for this country,” Naik said in his letter. He pointed out that from the Centre’s point of view, the timing could not have been better, as it was taken in the middle of the ongoing demonetisation in the country.