Trusted aide Najmudin Sathak nabbed in connection to money-laundering case.
- Zakir has investments in 20 flats in Mumbai and Pune in wife’s and son’s names
- Investment of RM7.7mil in three properties in Mumbai routed through bank accounts of his mother, father and sister
- Raised RM38.3mil donations from India and five Gulf countries between 2014 and 2017
- Aide assisted in laundering funds of “dubious origins” from Dubai to produce and broadcast videos which allegedly spread “hatred and radicalisation”
India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has accused controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik of accumulating assets worth RM113 million by diverting funds and donations received from Islamic countries for the welfare of Muslims.
According to the Times of India, this included investments in 20 flats in Mumbai and Pune, as well as bank deposits.
Based on ED’s investigation, nine flats worth RM7.7 million were booked in Mumbai in the names of his wife and son, and another 11 flats in Pune.
“The booking amounts were paid by routing of unexplained funds received by Zakir through the bank accounts of his wife, son and niece,” a source was quoted as saying in the report.
The transaction trail also revealed Zakir’s investment of RM7.7 million in three properties in Mazgaon, Mumbai, routed through the bank accounts of his mother, father and sister.
The daily reported that according to the ED, the source of funds remains unexplained.
Last Friday, the ED, which is probing the controversial preacher for alleged money laundering, detained his close aide, jeweller Najmudin Sathak.
The report claimed that Najmudin assisted Zakir, who is a Malaysian permanent resident, of laundering funds of “dubious origins” from Dubai to produce and broadcast videos which allegedly spread “hatred and radicalisation.”
The ED, according to the report, also accused Zakir of raising donations amounting to Rs65 crore (RM38.3 million) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, besides India, between 2014 and 2017.
India has requested for Zakir’s extradition, but Putrajaya has refused to deport the preacher.
Last year, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia would not deport Zakir “as long as he is not creating any problems” here.
Recently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa courted flak for meeting Zakir and describing the latter’s preaching efforts as inspirational.
However, last year, the minister, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, criticised Zakir’s method of preaching.
“We don’t want a debate that ridicules others. We need a more intellectual and composed method of Islamic propagation without the need to ridicule other religions,” he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Zakir has denied the charges against him, claiming that his reputation was being tarnished by religious fanatics in India.