New Delhi: As investigation against Nizamuddin Markaz chief Maulana Saad and other members of the mosque continues, the Delhi police crime branch has frozen at least 32 bank accounts as part of an investigation, as per sources.
Reportedly, all these bank accounts had recorded foreign funding and frequent transactions and crime branch are now investigating the transaction history from the accounts.
Earlier, in March, thousands of Jamaatis from across the country and abroad attended a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin violating the restrictions and guidelines issued as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak.
A number of Jamaatis who attended the Markaz were later found to be COVID-19 in different parts of the country in the month of April.
Out of the total 32 freezed bank accounts seven of them are traced in Uttar Pradesh and while the main account of the Markaz is reported to be in Bank of India Branch in Old Delhi’s Lal Kuan area.
Earlier on May 5, the crime branch has also questioned Maulana Saad’s son who is believed to looking after the activities in the Markaz. The police also questioned another member of the Markaz and sought details like mobile numbers, email ids and addresses of those members who look after the accommodation of guests arriving in Nizamuddin Markaz.
Since March, Nizamuddin Markaz has been under the scanner of the crime branch after organising an event that was attended by thousands of people coming from different parts of the country despite the guidelines of the centre restricting the gathering of people.
Earlier, it was also reported that Maulana Saad wanted to appear in the court or surrender in front of the police but the crime branch has refuted the claims of the religious leader contacting the police for cooperation.