Money laundering case against Zakir Naik: Court tells controversial preacher to appear before it on 31 July or face non-bailable warrant

A special PMLA court has ordered controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to physically appear before it on 31 July. The court said that a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Naik if he fails to appear before it. Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India.

Asian News International June 19, 2019 16:50:07 IST
Money laundering case against Zakir Naik: Court tells controversial preacher to appear before it on 31 July or face non-bailable warrant
  • A special PMLA court has ordered controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to physically appear before it on 31 July

  • The court said that a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Naik if he fails to appear before it

  • Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India

Mumbai: A special PMLA court has ordered controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to physically appear before it on 31 July. The court said that a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Naik if he fails to appear before it. The PMLA court was hearing an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking a non-bailable warrant against the controversial Islamic preacher, who is believed to be in Malaysia.

Money laundering case against Zakir Naik Court tells controversial preacher to appear before it on 31 July or face nonbailable warrant

File image of Zakir Naik. News18

Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probe both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016. The two suspects in the terror attack had claimed that they were inspired by Naik's radical preaching.

India said it has made a formal request to Malaysia and will continue to pursue his extradition.  Recently, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad had said that his country has the right not to extradite Naik, for similar reasons that Australia had turned down his country's request to extradite Sirul Azhar Umar in 2015. He also said that Naik believes that he would not be accorded justice in India.

In addition, the ED filed a prosecution complaint against Naik on money laundering charges on 22 December, 2016. A total amount of Rs 193.06 crore has been identified as "proceeds of crime." The directorate has also attached properties of Naik worth Rs 50.46 crore.

According to the investigative agency, money laundering was conducted via "dubious" origins from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

England vs Australia: Steve Smith to undergo second concussion test after missing first ODI due to head injury
First Cricket News

England vs Australia: Steve Smith to undergo second concussion test after missing first ODI due to head injury

Smith was sidelined from the first of a three-match series after being hit on the head batting in the nets, from a delivery by one of Australia's fast bowlers, but rather a throw-down from a member of the coaching staff.

UAE announces emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine that is still in its final testing, for healthcare workers
World

UAE announces emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine that is still in its final testing, for healthcare workers

Chinese drug giant Sinopharm began the third phase of trials for a Covid-19 vaccine in the UAE in July, with Emirati officials saying the results have been positive.

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognise Israel in US-brokered deal
World

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognise Israel in US-brokered deal

The announcement came less than a week before Trump hosts a ceremony to mark the establishment of full relations between Israel and the UAE