Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in cases relating to terror and money laundering, is seeking citizenship in Malaysia, reported PTI quoting NIA sources. Naik has been changing his base quite frequently after
the NIA moved the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice (RCN), international arrest warrant, against him, the NIA sources said.
As per the agencies’ sources, the Indian government is planning to use its diplomatic channels to frustrate all attempts by Naik to get citizenship in any country. They also added that the Malaysian authorities were aware about terror cases pending against the Islamic preacher. Naik had first come under Indian security agencies’ scanner after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the attackers of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting the controversial preacher.
Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) too has been declared as an outlawed organisation by the government last year in November under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities. In fact, on March 16, the Delhi High Court also observed that the Centre’s decision to ban the IRF was taken keeping national security issues in mind. It had dismissed IRF’s plea challenging the ban. Earlier this month, a special tribunal also upheld the ban enforced by the Centre on IRF on the issue of national interest.
The Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved a proposal to declare Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years. As per the Home Ministry, Zakir Naik has reportedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.
(With PTI inputs)