The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has revealed that controversial preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) had provided Rs 80,000 scholarship to an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser last year, India Today reported.
The report said the NGO gave Abu Anas, currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail, Rs 80,000 grant in October 2015. Anas, a resident of Rajasthan’s Tonk, was reportedly planning on joining the militant group in Syria.
Anas, a former information security analyst, had applied for a scholarship on the NGO’s website and was called to Mumbai for an interview. The money was transferred around the time he was trying to go to Syria to join the outfit, The Times of India reported. NIA also conducted a fresh raid at another property linked to Naik and his NGO.
Last week, the Union government declared IRF a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). It also lodged a case against him and his IRF under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The televangelist has been under the government’s lens ever since allegations that he had inspired one of the terrorists responsible for the Dhaka restaurant attack on July 1.