Nailah Noorani, sister of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 7 in connection with the money laundering case against Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation. Noorani reached the ED office around 11 am with two of her relatives. This was the second time Noorani had been asked to appear in connection with the case. Last week, Noorani had been questioned by the Delhi team of National investigation agency (NIA).
ED officials during their investigations had claimed to have established a money trail of approximate Rs 200 crore linked to Zakir Naik and his NGO the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) through 22 bank accounts they accessed. Of the Rs 200 crore, it has been reported that Rs 50 crore came from the account of Nailah Noorani
She has come under the lens after around 25 crores were deposited in the account of a real estate company, Longlast Construction and she is director of that company. On March 12, 2013, Noorani was appointed as the additional director at Right Property Solutions.
As per the records of the Registrar of Companies (RoC), till March 2013, Naik and his wife Farhat Zakir Naik were promoters-directors of Longlast Construction and Right Property Solutions.
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On January 19 this year, National Investigation Agency (NIA) had put Naik’s 78 bank accounts including all his accounts in India under scanner.
NIA had also formed that Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation had made investments of around 100 crores in the real state sector.
In 2016, five year ban was put on Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation by Ministry of Home affairs which also gave the nod that the NGO be declared as an unlawful organisation.