After continuous efforts by National Investigation Authority (NIA), controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik will be likely extradited to India today (4 July) reported Times Now. Director-General of NIA has reportedly confirmed the same to Times Now, reported Economic Times.
"He is out of the country tonight. He will be taking a flight to India today I believe," a Malaysian government source reportedly told NDTV in Kuala Lumpur.
Zakir Naik had been accused of giving hate speeches which had inspired ISIS terrorists involved in the Dhaka bomb blast in 2016. A special court in Mumbai had declared him a ‘proclaimed offender’.
The NIA had declared him an absconder in the charge sheet and accused him of inciting terror. He has been booked under sections 295-a (Mala fide acts with intent to deliberately outrage religious feelings of any person), 298 (uttering words etc., with intent to hurt religious feelings of any person), 505-b (incite any person to commit an offence against the state or which disturbs public tranquillity).
Bombay High Court had refused to provide relief to the preacher.
However, Moneycontrol has reported that in a statement, Naik said "The news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to India till I don't feel safe from unfair prosecution. Insha Allah when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland."
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