The Mumbai crime branch on Friday recorded the statement of Mohammed Saeed Noori, president of Raza Academy, in connection with the violence at Azad Maidan on August 11, which left two dead and 63 injured.
Noori was present on stage during the rally, which had been organised to protest against the alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam and Myanmar. However, he had not addressed the crowd.
Noori came to the crime branch around 3pm and was let off around 6.30pm. He was questioned about how the protests were planned, the people involved, and whether he had any inclination of the violence that would erupt.
He was also asked about the various messages given in mosques, on social networking sites, and about the photographs shown during the rally.
Sources in the crime branch said Noori was also asked about the connections Raza Academy had outside Mumbai.
The special investigation team (SIT) formed by the crime branch to investigate the case will be questioning the other 16, who were on stage during the rally. None of them have been booked yet, officials said.
Of the 17 people who have summoned by the police, five had addressed the rally on Saturday. Their speeches are being analysed by the SIT officials.
Meanwhile, Salim Allarakha Choukiya, who was arrested with a police SLR was remanded in crime branch custody till August 24.