Zakir Naik fears arrest, wants ED to send questions

Zakir Naik
Zakir Naik

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, against whom the Enforcement Directorate has issued a summons in a money laundering case, has sent another letter stating the agency can send a questionnaire to him as he fears arrest in case of personal appearance.

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"Our apprehension regarding the probe stood fortified with the arrest of Aamir Gazdar (Naik's confidante), which we are afraid will be the fate of our client in case of personal appearance," Naik said in a letter sent through his lawyer Mahesh Mule.

The televangelist stated the agency can send him a questionnaire and that he would respond to it.

Naik stated though he was an NRI, the ED still told the court that he was not joining the investigation and was trying to mislead the probe.

ED is probing the controversial preacher and his now proscribed IRF under anti-money laundering laws.

In the summons last month, Naik was asked to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by January end.

Statement via Skype
The agency wants to record the statement of Naik, who is understood to be abroad. The ED had registered a criminal case against Naik and IRF last month after taking cognisance of a complaint booked by the NIA under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against them.

Responding to the summons earlier this week, Naik had sent a communication stating he was willing to give statement via any electronic media facility. "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," he stated in the letter sent through his lawyer.

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