Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik charged with money laundering

"VAN" (Delhi Bureau) :: Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik who is currently living in exile has been charged with money laundering by Enforcement Directorate.

The charge sheet was reportedly filed in a special court in Mumbai on Thursday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The 53-year-old Naik is accused of acquiring $28 million worth of criminal assets with Enforcement Directorate saying assets worth millions of US Dollars have been identified as proceeds of the crime.

According to India’s Enforcement Directorate, the Islamic International School building in Chennai, three godowns, 10 flats, two buildings, land in Pune and Mumbai, 10 bank accounts, and investments in mutual funds are among the attached properties identified by the agency, The Hindu reported.

Naik has also been accused by the agency of using funds from dubious sources to buy property in India as well as in Dubai and London.

Naik was banned from entering the UK in 2010 for “unacceptable behaviour”, and because of his speeches, by then-home secretary (and now Prime Minister) Theresa May, according to a report by BBC.

The report also adds that Mr Naik’s fundamentalist approach to religion has long been controversial with many detained al-Qaeda followers have reportedly told officials that he was a huge influence on them.

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