The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to summon Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief Maulana Saad in connection with a money laundering case lodged against him. Sources said that Maulana Saad is likely to be arrested after the ED records his statement.
The agency has also named Markaz, the organisation of Maulana Saad, as accused in the case. Sources have told India Today TV that the agency is going through the funding documents of Markaz.
“We are studying the case. As the headquarter of Markaz in Nizamuddin is locked and sealed, we will decide on when to conduct searches as the place was contaminated with coronavirus after many people from the building tested positive,” said a senior official.
On Thursday, the federal probe agency registered a case against Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief Maulana Saad And 8 others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The ED case is based on the FIR filed by the Delhi Police on charges of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for violating the lockdown rules.
Sources said the financial probe agency suspects that Maulana Saad’s organisation had received a huge amount of money from foreign countries and it was not disclosed before the government authorities.
Sources said account books of Markaz trust are being scrutinised. The ED will also look into whether donation received was part of money laundering and whether hawala channels were utilised.
The Income Tax department is also likely to look into possible non-declaration of income, tax evasion by trustees, including Saad, and channeling of funds for personal gains.
The Delhi Police’s crime branch report on Markaz funding will be submitted to federal financial investigative agencies – Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department. Maulana Saad is yet to appear for his questioning before the crime branch.
India Today TV has learnt that the report of the crime branch and Saad’s statement will be used by financial investigative agencies. The initial probe shows that there was a spike in his bank accounts in recent times, sources said.
Markaz hasn’t shared bank details except for some documents with the crime branch after two notices were sent to the organisation
The Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad’s quarantine period is over and the crime branch is expected to record his statement. Only after his statement, the police will decide on arresting him in the case.
Saad allegedly encouraged the gathering of Tablighi Jamaat members at Nizamuddin which resulted in the death of many members while over a thousand have tested positive for Covid-19.