The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is mulling to revoke passport issued to Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) president Zakir Naik, who is wanted in a criminal case registered last year, an Indian Express report said. After interrogating his sister and aide, NIA said it is also looking Naik’s financial transactions which included at least 10 firms and 19 properties in Pune and Mumbai in which Naik invested an estimated Rs 104 crore.
As per the report, Naik is is most likely in Malaysia, where he is seeking Malaysian citizenship. The agency has also started proceedings to get a Red Corner Notice against IRF chief and has sent the required documents to National Central Bureau (Interpol) NCB last month.
His passport was renewed on January 20 last year with a validity of ten years. Tha agency had registered a case against Naik in November 2016. Th foundation has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by the Centre.
Naik had obtained a status of Non-Resident Indian on September 2012. He had left the country on May 13 last year and did not return since then special NIA Court at Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik on April 21 this year.
Sleuths claim that one Abu Anas, an accused chargesheeted in the ‘ISIS conspiracy case’ registered by NIA in 2015, received a scholarship from Naik’s IRF for three successive years from 2013 to 2015. He was alleged to be part of a conspiracy linked to an ISIS-affiliated group, Junood-ul-Khalifa-fil-Hind.
The chargesheet in the ISIS case also said that members of the group conducted a number of meetings in several parts of the country “to recruit Muslim youths to work for ISIS and to identify places for training and finally commit terrorist strikes at various public places and vital installations in India”.
The agency found that Abu Anas and his associates got orders from Yusuf-Al-Hindi @ Shafi Armar @ Anjan Bhai, who is media chief of ISIS. Sleuths have found that “the total amount of scholarship provided to Abu Anas by IRF was about Rs 1.5 lakh”. While investigating Naik’s financial assets, the agency is learnt to have found huge investments in several properties across Mumbai and Pune.