Zakir Naik denies reports about extradition to India, calls it baseless and false

Malaysia | Controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday denied report about his extradition to India and clarified that the news is totally baseless and false.

Zakir Naik who is facing criminal charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was earlier denied relief by the Bombay High Court last month after he didn’t show any interest to help investigating agencies. Naik’s NGO the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was declared illegal in 2016. The Enforcement Directorate also wants him in money laundering case up to 18 crores.

In a released statement, Zakir Naik said that he has no plans to come to India till he don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution. “Insha Allah when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland,” he added.

Earlier there were rumored reports that Zakir Naik known for hate speeches that allegedly inspired an ISIS terrorist involved in the 2016 Dhaka attack, is heading back to India from Malaysia. The reports cited Mohammed Raby Abu Bakar, a Malaysian policeman as saying that Zakir will be flying out of the country tonight. “He will be taking a flight to India today I believe,” the police officer is quoted as saying.

Naik who escaped from India in 2016 is been living in Putrajaya in Malaysia since. He was given a permanent residency and embraced by top Malaysian government officials.

Malaysia government said that India had failed to produce a red corner notice – which acts like an international arrest warrant – against him. “In our conversations with Indian authorities like RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), we said please give us an Interpol notice and we will arrest him, but they failed to do so,” said an official.

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