Enforcement Directorate issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik
ED wants to question Naik in person given the serious charges of money laundering being investigated against him and others
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has on Monday issued fresh summons, which is the fourth, to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in connection with its money laundering probe case against him and others.
According to a report in Press Trust of India, officials are quoted as saying that, the agency issued 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.
The report, citing officials, indicated that the latest summon could well possibly be the last issued to the controversial preacher, and the agency may move court for an arrest warrant against him, if he again chooses to ignore the summons.
Earlier, ED officials had 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).
Officials moreover said that the agency wants to question Naik "in person" given the serious charges of money laundering being investigated against him and others.
The Islamic Research Foundation founder Naik, through his lawyer, had earlier 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, through his lawyer Mahesh Mule had said.