MUMBAI: The ED on Tuesday questioned officials of IRF, an NGO headed by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, as part of its money laundering probe against them.
Agency officials said they had summoned representatives of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) last week and following their deposition on Tuesday, the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case will record the statement.
They said certain documents sought by the IO will also be scrutinised.
Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had issued summons to Naik and IRF to depose before it after the agency had registered a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of an NIA complaint under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them. ED is looking into the charges of illegal funds laundered by the accused and the subsequent proceeds of crime thus generated.
The agency has already scanned some documents showing “doubtful” banking transactions. The charges levelled by the NIA also include those under sections 10 (being member of an unlawful organisation), 13 (punishment for being member of illegal organisation) and 18 (punishment for being involved in a conspiracy for committing any terror act) of UAPA.
IRF came under the scanner of security agencies after one of the “terrorists” involved in the Dhaka cafe attack allegedly posted on social media he was inspired by Naik’s speeches.
Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalising Muslim youth and luring them into “terror” activities.