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ED issues fourth summons to Zakir Naik

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Source: Indian Express

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

Officials had issued the fourth summons to Naik, probably the last one, to join the probe and the agency may move court for an arrest warrant against him, if he choose to ignore the summons.

The ED officials had already indicated its objection to Naik’s plea for appearing before investigators via an Internet-based video link abroad, citing the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

“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.

Earlier, the Centre had banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), NGO by the controversial Islamist preacher Zakir, for five years after declaring it as an ‘unlawful organisation’ under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).