Indian government seize Dr Zakir Naik’s assets worth 18 crore rupees

Dr Zakir Naik

Indian authorities have issued a notice to seize assets worth more than two million pounds allegedly belonging to the prominent Muslim speaker Dr Zakir Naik.

On Sunday 19 March, the Enforcement Directorate attached assets worth 18.37 crore rupees (£2,214,000) of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO linked to Dr Naik based in Mumbai, to the ongoing money laundering case.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a second notice to the 51-year-old preacher on Monday, asking him to appear at the headquarters on Thursday 30 March for a case filed against him under an anti-terrorism law, NDTV reports.

Earlier this month, the NIA issued the first notice to Dr Naik, asking him to appear on Tuesday 14 March.

The second notice has been sent to his Mumbai residence.

Dr Naik is currently believed to be staying in Saudi Arabia and has not returned to India since the controversy erupted last November.

He is one of the most widely listened to speakers in the Muslim majority world and is famously known for his expertise in comparative religions and debating Christians, Hindus and atheists.

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