‘Dubai-based jeweller tried to conceal links with Zakir Naik’
Both GBC and Harmony Media Pvt Ltd (HMPL), which produced Islamist televangelist Zakir Naik’s talks for Peace TV, were controlled by Naik, according to the ED
Dubai-based jeweller Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak, 61, who was a director in Global Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), may have tried to distance himself from Islamist televangelist Zakir Naik by selling GBC once the probe into Naik began in 2017. GBC ran Peace TV channel, which aired Naik’s speeches. Sathak was arrested on Friday in connection with the probe into allegations of money laundering against Naik.
As per ED, Sathak and SM Khalil were GBC’s directors, which was established in 2006 and ran Peace TV. In June 2017, GBC was sold to a UK national Mohammed Tariq Javed. “It is noteworthy that the said sale is being claimed to have been effected in June 2017 – after investigation into the affairs of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Naik and others were undertaken by the NIA and ED.” IRF was founded by Naik in 1991.
The ED has alleged the sale was a “sham transaction”, intended to “obfuscate the routes undertaken for the suspected offence of money laundering.” Investigations also revealed that neither Sathak nor Khalil received any money for the sale of their shares from the purchaser (Javed). “It appears that after ED’s action, Sathak is trying to distance himself from GBC to avoid further scrutiny,” the ED said in its remand report.
Both GBC and Harmony Media Pvt Ltd (HMPL), which produced Naik’s talks for Peace TV, were controlled by Naik, according to the ED. Sathak in his statement has said he never interacted with HMPL’s directors while finalising agreements.