A special court here on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant for arrest against Muslim preacher Zakir Naik after he failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate despite four summons issued to him.
Naik is currently away in Saudi Arabia.
Informed sources said the Enforcement Directorate may now seek Letters Rogatory, or letters of request, from the same court for Saudi Arabia. These letters are a formal request for judicial assistance from a foreign court.
The ED first issued summons to Naik in January, after which three more summons were issued at regular intervals. The agency had submitted an application for issuance of fresh NBW on Monday.
The central agency registered a criminal case against Naik and others in December last year after taking cognisance of a National Investigation Agency (NIA) complaint under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. IANS