Zakir Naik’s aide filed IT returns on his unemployed wife’s, kids’ names: ED
The 55-year-old was remanded a judicial custody up to March 8 by a special PMLA court on Wednesday.mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2017 19:58 IST
Aamir Gazdar, an aide of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik — who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under a money laundering case — has filed Income Tax (IT) returns in the name of his wife and two children who do not have any source of income, the agency told the court on Wednesday.
The 55-year-old was remanded a judicial custody up to March 8 by a special PMLA court on Wednesday. “He (Gazdar) gave details of his income which he has filed in his Income Tax returns. While checking his income tax details, however, we found that there was a big difference between his actual income and what he had filed in his income tax returns. He also did not have any documents to support his claims,” read the ED report.
It also stated, “Gazdar has been filing income tax returns on his wife and children’s names as well. Also, he admitted that neither his wife nor hid kids have any source of income so it creates a suspicion that he was trying to feed illegal money into the system by this process.”
The ED told the court that Gazdar received a loan of Rs4 crore from televangelist Zakir Naik. “The amount was credited in the bank account of Gazdar’s wife. Out of the Rs4 crore, Rs2.4 crore was transferred to his son’s account. Later, Gazdar transferred the same amount to Naik’s account. However, he had no answers when he was questioned why such a huge amount was transferred to his wife’s account.”
The report added that Gazdar used Rs1.6 crore from Naik’s loan to buy a flat in Infinity building, Mazgaon. “The same amount was returned to Naik after sometime. When we asked him from where he found the resources to repay the loan, Gazdar said that his brother who lives in London had given him some money, he loaned some money from friends while the rest was his personal savings,” stated the report.
The ED, however, has its suspicions on the authenticity of Gazdar’s money trail.
“The turnover of Gazdar’s marble company is Rs25lakh to Rs30 lakh per annum. But he is has a BMW car which are worth more than Rs25 lakh,” read the ED report.
ED rejects Naik’s offer of video-conference
Televangelist Zakir Naik’s offer to answer the questions by law enforcement agencies in India via a video conference has been rejected by the ED who has registered a money-laundering case against him.
Although he has not returned to India, Naik’s lawyers on Monday approached the ED stating Naik was available for questioning through video conference.
“This is cannot done as per the procedure of investigation. If we accept his offer then tomorrow even an accused sitting in India would tell us that he will answer our questions through a video conference,” said an ED officer. The officer stated that industrialist Vijay Mallya too had made such an offer which was rejected.
First Published: Feb 23, 2017 00:30 IST