Special NIA court orders to seize Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik's properties in Mumbai

Zakir Naik has been accused of encouraging youth to join terrorism


Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday ordered to seize four properties of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The court has taken this decision under the anti-terror law. This came after the Indian government declared Naik as a fugitive in June 2017 and when NIA asked permission from the court to seize his properties in Mumbai’s Mazgaon area.  

NIA has already sealed two of his flats and a commercial institution in Mumbai.

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Earlier in 2016, Naik was accused of encouraging young people to join terrorism. Of the two accused caught in connection with the Bangladesh bomb blast, one accused said that he was encouraged by Naik’s speeches. As this happened, the Indian government declared Naik’s organisation Islamic Research Foundation as illegal.

Same year, the court had declared Dr Naik as guilty in the matter while the case was registered under the anti-terror law against the Islamic preacher. 

Naik has been living in Malaysia since July 2016. In January 2018, the Indian government also made an official appeal to Malaysia for his extradition. However, the Malaysian minister issued a statement saying that they are yet to take a decision on the same. 

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