Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday asked three banks to freeze 25 accounts of Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik, his family members and Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which has been banned under anti-terror law, a media report said on Wednesday.
In addition to it, NIA has handed over a list of over 12 people including Dr Naik, his family members, close friends and organisations, to all 72 scheduled commercial banks to check whether these people had any account in these financial institutions, the reports added.
NIA has sent notices to three private banks to freeze the accounts of Dr Naik and others, which were found to be in operation during the three-day search by it that ended last night, till further orders, the reports quoted NIA officials to have said.
In both the letters, NIA has cited section 43 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for executing such action.
Under this section, an NIA officer above the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police can order freezing of bank accounts, the report added.
The agency has booked Dr Naik, IRF and unnamed office bearers of his organisation under IPC section 153-A relating to “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony”, besides various sections of anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the report said.
The NIA alleged that IRF, which was banned by the government last week under UAPA, had close connections with some companies dealing in media, perfumes and some other sectors, said the report.