As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) intensifies probe into the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) into alleged money laundering, the Republic TV reported that the ED unearthed a transaction between controversial Jihadist preacher Zakir Naik and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT).
According to the report, the transaction details of the account, which has been frozen now, shows a fund transfer allegedly amounting to Rs 50 lakhs, from Naik's account to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable trust during the UPA regime in 2011. RGCT is a registered, not-for-profit organisation established in 2002 headed by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, as per its official website.
It has been revealed that the Trust received the money in 2011 and it was then returned after Zaik Naik escaped from India and the NIA registered a case against him.
The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) is chaired by Sonia Gandhi and has Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram listed as trustees,
Zakir Naik: Rabid preacher to financial fraudster to Fugitive
Naik has been evading arrest in India since 2016, when allegations of hate speech and money laundering were made against him. It was alleged that he used his channel Peace TV to launder money outside India. Again in 2019, Enforcement Directorate filed money-laundering charges against him following which a Mumbai court granted the agency a warrant to arrest Naik and bring him to trial.
Zakir Naik and his speeches have been banned in several countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Bangladesh, including India. His Peace TV has also been banned in India, Sri Lank and many other countries.