Controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi returned to India on Monday night and was immediately directed by the Enforcement Directorate to depose before it in a money laundering case against him. Qureshi had left the country on October 15 despite a Look Out Circular issued against him by the ED, PTI reported.

Qureshi had earlier filed a plea through his daughter urging the Delhi High Court to grant him protection from arrest or any coercive action by the ED once he joins the investigation. The court had last month directed him to return to India by mid-November and appear before the agency for questioning.

The Income Tax department first carried out searches against Qureshi and his firm AMA Group in February 2014, after which a case was filed against him. The I-T department had found that Qureshi had 11 bank lockers in the names of his employees and associates.

The department had issued notices to Qureshi under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 earlier in November. A probe had led the I-T department to a few foreign assets belonging to him and his family.