Mumbai, Oct 12: A special NIA court has ordered the attachment of four properties in Mumbai belonging to physician-cum-religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik, booked under an anti-terror law.
Charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) two years ago, Dr Naik was declared a proclaimed offender by the court in June 2017.
Following the same, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had attached two flats and a commercial establishment in the city belonging to the 52- year-old televangelist.
The central agency's application seeking permission to attach four properties in the Mazgaon area that were owned by Dr Naik was allowed Thursday by the special court.
The court accepted the plea after the NIA submitted that Dr Naik, staying overseas, was trying to sell these properties since his funding from various sources has been stopped after the central agency filed a case against him.
Advocate Anand Sukhdev, who appeared for the NIA, told the court that Dr Naik was trying to obtain citizenship in several foreign nations and therefore, was trying to raise money for the same by selling these Mazgaon properties.
In November 2016, the central government had declared Dr Naik's Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation as an "unlawful" association under the UAPA.
Soon after, the NIA had registered a case against Dr Naik, accusing him of having incited many persons to take up terror activities, and promoting enmity between different religious groups in India through his public speeches and lectures.
NIA court orders attachment of Dr Zakir Naik’s four properties in Mumbai