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Interpol Rejects India's Red Corner Notice On Zakir Naik

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| December 17 , 2017 , 12:35 IST

Indian intelligence agencies had to face a major setback when their plea corner the controversial televangelist Zakir Naik was turned down by the Interpol. The authorities have requested for a red-corner notice to restrict the international travel of Islamic preacher, which was cancelled.

While issuing an official statement, Naik’s spokesperson said: "Interpol has cancelled red corner notice on Dr Naik and instructed its worldwide offices to delete all data from files on him, have cited political and religious bias among other reasons."

The 52-year-old leader was relieved with the decision and communicated the same through a video message. He said, " 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."

Reportedly, the request filed by National Investigation Agency(NIA) was rejected due to technical reasons. Apparently, the agency has failed to submit the charge sheet against the accused at the time of request submission.

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However, the NIA clarified that a charge sheet was subsequently filed on October 26, 2017, which the "Interpol did not take cognisance of". The agency will submit a fresh request to Interpol on Monday requesting an RCN against Naik.

The NIA will make sure to submit the charge sheet filed by the agency before the Special NIA court, Mumbai along without fail. Zakir was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in October for heading Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

Naik was declared to have an 'unlawful association' in 2016 for inciting youth to take up terror acts and join global terror outfits like Islamic State. The televangelist is currently on a run and reportedly stationed in Malaysia.

Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar affirmed that India’s legal process for approaching Malaysia for extraditing Zakir Naik is "nearing completion" and soon an official request will be sent.