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ED issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik

Agency may move court for an arrest warrant against Naik if he ignores the summons again

india Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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Zakir Naik, the president of Islamic Research Foundation, is being investigated in a money laundering case.(HT file photo)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in connection with its money laundering probe case against him and others.

Officials said the agency issued its fourth summons to Naik, via his lawyer and through e-mail, to join the probe even as it rejected his plea to depose before investigators via an Internet-based video link from abroad. They indicated that the latest summons could well possibly be the last issued to him and the agency may move court for an arrest warrant against him, if he again choses to ignore the summons.

The ED officials had earlier indicated inability to allow the video link proposal as such a remedy is not allowed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Moreover, they said, the agency wants to question Naik “in person” given the serious charges of money laundering being investigated against him and others.

Naik, through his lawyer, had made a proposal to depose via video link some days back even as he apprehended that he could be arrested by the agency like his aide Aamir Gazdar.

“My client is willing and ready to give any statement before you via Skype or any other mode of electronic media to assist you in your investigation,” a letter sent by Naik, also the founder of NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), through his lawyer Mahesh Mule had said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 13:53 IST