On Thursday a special court in Mumbai issued a non-bailable warrant against Islamic Research Foundation founder Zakir Naik in a money laundering case. This warrant has issued in regards with the plea filed by Enforcement Directorate.
This warrant will be sent to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) which will send it to UAE for execution. Before court passing the judgment, Zakir’s lawyer made submissions before it and opposed the Enforcement Directorate’s application.
On the grounds of not cooperating when investigated, the ED has on Tuesday moved the plea in the special court.
The Enforcement Directorate had last month provisionally attached properties of Naik-led IRF worth ₹18.37 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, in the form of mutual fund, real estate properties and bank balances.
In 2016, the Enforcement Directorate had registered money laundering case against the IRF on the basis of FIR registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Zakir was allegedly involved in promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India. It was alleged that Naik and his associates are indulging in unlawful activities.