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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

‘Naik speeches incited violence, disharmony’: Enforcement Directorate

On Thursday, the ED filed a prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: May 03, 2019 10:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Mumbai
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed its second charge sheet against televangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed its second charge sheet against televangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. (PTI)
         

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed its second charge sheet against televangelist and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. It identifies proceeds of crime worth Rs 193.06 crore and alleges that Naik’s speeches incited Muslim youths to commit terrorist acts. Naik is absconding at present and is a permanent resident of Malaysia.

On Thursday, the ED filed a prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai. In it, the ED alleged that Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) had organised Peace Conferences in Mumbai between 2007 and 2011, in which Naik attempted to convert people and incite terrorist acts. “The said conferences were planned, organised, funded and promoted by the IRF and people of other religions were openly converted to Islam by Naik,” the ED stated in a statement. “His inflammatory speeches and lectures have inspired and incited a number of Muslim youths in India to commit unlawful activities and terrorist acts...His thoughts created disharmony amongst various faiths and created hatred amongst people.”

Naik was booked by the ED in 2016, after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case against him. He has since been charged with promoting enmity between different groups, delivering hate speeches and money laundering.

The first charge sheet was filed in 2017. So far, two of Naik’s associates have been arrested in the case. Aamir Gazdar, who allegedly helped Naik route money from Saudi Arabia to India, was arrested in 2017 while jeweller Najmuddin Sathak was arrested in March this year. According to the ED, Sathak was a director of Dubai-based Global Broadcasting Corporation (GBS), which broadcast videos of Naik’s speeches through the channel Peace TV and social media. Naik’s speeches were recorded and edited at a studio in the city, owned by Harmony Media.