The National Investigation Agency (NIA) asked three banks to freeze all the 25 accounts of Zakir Naik, his family members and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) on Wednesday.
According to sources, NIA has sent a notice to three private banks to freeze the accounts of Naik and his associates and relatives.
NIA also handed over a list to all 72 scheduled commercials banks over 12 people including Naik and others to check whether they had any accounts in these banks.
NIA, in both the letters, has mentioned section 43 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for executing the action. Under this section, an NIA officer, above the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police can order the bank to freeze someone’s account.
The NIA has also written to Union Home ministry for banning IRF websites and suspending all the online activities such as video speeches on social networking sites. The sources informed that the request will be forwarded to Information Technology ministry.
Naik’s NGO was banned last week under UAPA for five years. The investigation agency claimed that IRF has close connections with companies dealing with perfumes, media and some other sectors. The NGO had alleged links with the terror group IS. Last year, IRF provided Rs. 80,000 scholarship to IS sympathizer Abu Anas.
During its four days’ search, NIA raided many properties of Naik and they also seized some criminative documents. They said those documents are related to IRF’s financial transactions, including foreign funding and documents related to property details of Naik.