MUMBAI, Oct. 17 -- The special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Wednesday said that televangelist Zakir Naik could be declared a fugitive economic offender (FEO) if he failed to appear before the court by December 2.

Last month, the ED had obtained a fresh non-bailable warrant against Naik. However, the ED was not able to execute the warrant as he wasn't found at his last registered address in Mazagaon. Following this, special public prosecutor for ED, Sanjana Sharma, had approached the court seeking to declare Naik an FEO.

The court has now stated that if Naik fails to appear before the court by Deember 2, it will continue hearing the ED's plea.

The court had previously denied to hear Naik's lawyer and cancel...