ED lodges money laundering case against Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief

ED lodges money laundering case against Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case against Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief Maulana Saad under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The case was lodged on Thursday, hours after Delhi Police filed an FIR against Maulana Saad on charges of culpable homicide and for violating the lockdown rules.

Sources say 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. Eight associates of Maulana Saad have also been booked by the ED.

Sources say, 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 Income Tax. Maulana Saad is yet to appear for his questioning before the crime branch.

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.