The special investigating team of the Mumbai police’s crime branch that is looking into the funding of Raza Academy and Madina-tul-Ilm will now approach the state charity commissioner to establish the funding of Raza Academy in particular.
The two organisations had called for the protest at Azad Maidan on August 11.
An officer of the crime branch said, “We will approach the charity commissioner to know more about the funding of these organisations. It will reveal their credentials as it will help ascertain if they are registered.” A charitable organisation must be registered with the charity commissioner. It must also file an annual report detailing the source and quantum of its funds.
Raza Academy has more than 20 branches in Maharashtra. It also has branches in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and in union territories Silvassa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. However, investigating officers are concerned about its branches in Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan.
Bank accounts of at least two persons, in a nationalised bank, are also under the scanner. “The bank accounts were created to allegedly donate money for affected in the Assam violence. Pamphlets asking people to contribute were distributed a few days before the protest,” said a crime branch officer, requesting anonymity.