ED issues summons to Zakir Naik to question him ‘in person’

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zakir-naik1Fresh summons, possibly the last, have been issued on Islamic preacher Zakir Naik by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the money laundering probe case filed against him and others.

The ED also stated after this summons they would move the court for an arrest warrant against him.

The ED officials said the agency wanted to question the controversial Naik “in person” given the money laundering charges being investigated against him and others.

It may be noted Naik, through his lawyer Mahesh Mule, had proposed to depose via video link. But they were unable to allow the proposal as it wasn’t allowed under Prevention of Money Laundering Act’s provisions.

The officials added that Naik’s brother was summoned on February 2 and his closed aide Aamir Gazdar was summoned in relation to the case in question.

It may be noted that the ED had lodged a case against Naik, 51, and others in December last after taking cognisance of an NIA complaint under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Naik (51) is staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest. He has been booked under Section 153A, IPC, besides UAPA.