Zakir Naik, hold that sigh of relief. NIA to file fresh Interpol RCN request: 5 points
An NIA official said the agency will submit another request for an Interpol Corner Red Notice against Zakir Naik.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will submit a fresh request for an Interpol Corner Red Notice against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, an agency official was quoted as saying by IANS.
The official said Interpol didn't accept the NIA's earlier request a Red Corner Notice against the Islamic Research Foundation founder because a "chargesheet had not been filed when the request was submitted."
Here's everything you need to know about the NIA's move, and why it wants an Interpol notice againts Zakir Naik.
ERIOUS ACCUSATIONS: Last year, the NIA registered a criminal case against Zakir Naik, who is accused of spreading hatred through his speeches, funding terrorist organistaions, and laundering money.
UNLAWFUL FOUNDATION: The Narendra Modi government banned Naik and his Islamic Research Foundation, which it declared an unlawful organisation.
INTERPOL'S NO: Interpol has refused to issue a Red Corner notice against Naik. Red Notices "invariably ask that the subject may be arrested, at least in certain countries, with a view to subsequent extradition to the country where he is wanted," the CBI's website says.
DUE PROCESS: Interpol "contended that there was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest," Zakir Naik's spokesperson said in a statement.
RELIEF: Zakir Naik told India today he was "relieved" by news of Interpol's refusal to issue the notice. "I would feel even more relieved if my country's government and agencies clear me of all false charges," he said in an exclusive video response.
(Inputs from IANS)