Enforcement Directorate arrests Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s close aide for money laundering

ED arrests Zakir Naik's close aide for money laundering

Mumbai:The Enforcement Directorate on Friday arrested an aide of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case against him and others, officials said.

Abdul Qadir Najmudin Sathak, director of M/s Global Broadcasting Corporation FZE LLC that owned Naik’s Peace TV channel arrested from Dongri area of south Mumbai.

He was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for his role in “actively assisting” Naik and aiding him in money laundering by transferring funds of dubious origin from the UAE.

According to the prosecution Sathak has sent about Rs 50 crore funds to Naik, which the latter illegally routed and laundered.

He was later produce before a special PMLA court which had remanded him into ED custody till March 27.

Naik has been under investigation since 2016, when the Centre banned his Islamic Research Foundation for five years.


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