In a significant development in Zakir Naik case, a special court in Mumbai today issued a non-bailable warrant against him. The case relates to money laundering and involves Zakir Naik and his organization Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). The request for the arrest warrant was made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED told the court that various summons had been issued to Zakir Naik, but he has refused to appear in person before the agency. The non-bailable warrant will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which in turn, will forward it to the UAE government for execution.
ED’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar said that Naik has remained uncooperative throughout the investigation and had tried to delay the proceedings. He also tried to put pre-conditions, as to how his statement should be recorded. Naik had even made a request to record his statement via video conferencing, but this was denied by ED on the pretext that it will set a bad precedent. It may be recalled that last month ED had attached properties of IRF, which were collectively valued at Rs 18.37 crore.