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No confirmation from Malaysian Govt side about Zakir Naik Extradition

No confirmation from Malaysian Govt side about Zakir Naik Extradition

Zakir Naik an Indian Muslim Preacher, who has been caught by the Malaysia Police on today has a great track record but now he has to face ED several times in a row. once he will take off to Indian custody, rumors will be ended. In some media channels, it was reported that Zakir was being exiled to Malaysia and will be sent to India by today at late midnight. But the Government of India did not confirm it. The Foreign Ministry said that in connection with the exile of the controversial Islamist campaigner Zakir Naik, he has not received any formal message from the Malaysian government. (Government sources have given this information)

Previously, the Foreign Ministry made an official request for exile to Naik from Malaysia. Naik is accused of instigating youth for terrorist activities through his disgusting speeches. In this connection, Indian agencies are also looking for him. However, today, Zakir Naik made it clear that the baseless news of my exile is being presented. Unless there will be unjust cases against me, I have no intention of coming to India. The Ministry of External Affairs has not received any formal confirmation from Malaysia regarding the deportation of Naik. Indian securities agencies are investigating allegations of terror and money laundering against Naik, who left India in July 2016.

NIA filed a case against Zakir Naik in its Mumbai branch on November 18, 2016, under various sections like; UAPA Act and the Indian Penal Code. On Thursday, NIA filed a charge sheet under section 10U (P), Section 120b, 153A, 295A, and 505 (2) of IPC against Zakir Naik and his institution Islamic Research Foundation. Nike’s organization ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ (IRF) has already been declared as an illegal organization by the Union Home Ministry.

Who is Zakir Naik?

Naik’s changed his career, from a doctor to a televangelist early in the 1990s, and that time India was witnessing a rise in far-right Hindu groups. Naik claims that he is constitutionally entitled to proselytize for Islam and propagate his religion. However, the issue of conversion remains controversial in India, and Naik has been known to advocate terrorism on at least one count, although he has consistently denied these claims.

At a time when pop-philosophers like Jordan Peterson were on the rise, Naik is not far behind on the list. With more than 17 million fan following on his Facebook page and near about 200,000 followers on Twitter, Naik has given more than 4,000 lectures on Islam across the world.

Naik fled India in 2016 after terrorists claimed their shooting in Bangladesh was inspired by Zakir’s speeches. Bangladesh returned by banning Peace TV, which was founded by Naik in 2006 and which claims to reach 100 million people across worldwide. In those days, Naik not only denied supporting violence but also released a video statement saying, “killing innocent beings is the second major sin in Islam.”

After that, the Indian government soon imposed a five-year ban on his non-profit Islamic IRF(An Mumbai-based foundation) under anti-terror laws and declared Naik an absconder. Awaiting compliance with an informal extradition request made to Malaysia, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) also charged Naik with indulging in unlawful illegal activities and promoting religious hatred, accusing him of inciting youth to take up jihad. 

Why Indian Agencies wants Zakir Naik?

Naik is facing the investigation of NIA and ED because Bangladesh had said that in 2016, Zakir’s speech on Peace TV was one of the reasons for the 2016 attack in Dhaka. In that attack, 22 people lost their lives.

Previously, the Bombay High Court refused to relieve the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who was facing charges of spreading communal disturbance and running illegal activities, and said that he had not shown any interest or desire to co-operate with investigating agencies. Justice RM Sawant and Justice Revati Mohite Dera were hearing the petition of Naik, which was filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Naik requested that the Ministry of External Affairs should be directed to cancel the order of cancellation of his passport. In 2017, his passport was revoked under the provisions of the Passport Act 1967.



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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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