New Delhi, Mar 31: The Indian government has requested Malaysia for controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s extradition. A report in The Times of India said that India sent a request to the authorities in Malaysia after collecting evidence against the Islamic preacher and filing a chargesheet against him. A court in Kuala Lumpur is expected to hear India’s request for the extradition of Naik.
In October, last year, India had filed a chargesheet charging Zakir Naik under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for fueling conflicts between two religious groups, inciting youth to take up terror activities and giving hate speeches. In November 2017, Malaysian deputy PM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that Zakir Naik will be extradited if India sends a request under the “mutual legal assistance treaty”. (Also Read: Malaysian Government Eyeing Elections in 2018 Welcomes Zakir Naik With an Open Arm)
In November 2017, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar informed said that India would soon be requesting Malaysia for Zakir Naik’s extradition. “Our legal internal process is nearing completion. Once it is complete, we will make an official request to Malaysian government very soon to sent back Zakir Naik to India,” Raveesh Kumar said, adding, “Maybe in the next couple of weeks, it will be clear what will be the nature of the request.”
Naik, currently in Malaysia, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. Naik fled India on July 1 in the year 2016 after terrorists in Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. In July 2017, his passport was revoked under the provisions of the Passport Act, 1967. Naik, according to the reports, has been given permanent residency in Malaysia.
“Over the time spent in this country, he has not broken any laws or regulations. As such, there is no reason from a legal standpoint to detain or arrest him,” Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told country’s Parliament, IANS reported.
With agency inputs.