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Mumbai, December 16: In a major setback to Indian effort to arrest controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, Interpol has cancelled New Delhi’s request for a red-corner notice against the preacher that could have restricted his international travel.
The London-based intelligence agency told police agencies in different countries to remove information relating to the preacher from its database that it, or India, may have sent them.
Zakir Naik, the president of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) welcomed the steps taken by Interpol. The 52-year-old preacher in a video message said, ” I am relieved but would be more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies gave me justice and also cleared me for all the charges”.
But still, this is not a lost cause for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is probing the case.
Interpol in its official communication indicated the main reason for accepting Dr Naik’s request of cancelling the Red Corner Notice which was linked to India jumping the gun and making a “premature” request.
The Interpol’s panel that decides on these notices said that the purpose of serving a red corner notice was to facilitate a country to seek the extradition of an accused charged for an offence, not a suspect merely under investigation.
The Interpol also noted that the local police hadn’t filed any formal charges against the preacher, which was the basic requirement for seeking someone’s extradition according to the Indian government’s own rules.
The Islamic preacher left India in July 2016, after terrorists in Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches.