Islamic preacher Zakir Naik became the face of another controversy after a Mumbai Police probe discovered deposits of 60 crore from three foreign nations into his bank account.
According to ‘The Times of India’ report, the amount was transferred over the course of three years in bank accounts belonging to the televangelist’s family members instead of the account of the Islamic research Foundation (IRF).
“We still don’t know what this money was meant for. We have done an inquiry and found the money trail. The money was transferred to family members’ accounts,”
Police are still contemplating action against Naik under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act 2010. The two NGOs, IRF and IRF Educational Trust, despite having been registered as educational NGOs, mostly utilises its funds to conduct activities that preach religion.
Naik’s defenders claim that the money is white and he is not in violation of any law.
The accounts of a school that is run by Naik’s foundation is now being investigated.
Naik first came under the media’s attention when two attackers involved the Dhaka terror attack asserted that they were inspired by him.