Zakir Naik terms Interpol's red corner notice against him as 'political witch hunt', says Indian govt pressuring global body

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is facing NIA probe over charges of committing unlawful activities in India, termed the reports claiming Interpol taking up India's request to issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him, “a political witch-hunt”.

Asian News International April 25, 2019 15:03:43 IST
Zakir Naik terms Interpol's red corner notice against him as 'political witch hunt', says Indian govt pressuring global body
  • Zakir Naik has termed the reports claiming Interpol taking up India's request to issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him, 'a political witch-hunt'

  • Naik is facing probe both in India and Bangladesh after two suspects in the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016

  • In March, Enforcement Directorate arrested Zakir Naik’s trusted aide Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak for allegedly 'actively assisting' him in money laundering

New Delhi: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is facing NIA probe over charges of committing unlawful activities in India, termed the reports claiming Interpol taking up India's request to issue Red Corner Notice (RCN) against him, “a political witch-hunt”.

"I'm aware of the pressure the Indian government has been applying on the Interpol to issue a red corner notice against me. It's part of an elaborate witch hunt," Naik said in a statement. The statement from the Islamic preacher comes Interpol reportedly accepted India's request to issue an RCN against him. "I have no reason to believe that Interpol will succumb to any kind of undue pressure," he contended.

Zakir Naik terms Interpols red corner notice against him as political witch hunt says Indian govt pressuring global body

File image of Zakir Naik. News18

"I can confirm that there is no red corner notice against me as of date. One of the Indian newspapers seems to have jumped the gun and reported internal deliberations of the Indian government, which as a matter of fact, has been going on for over two years now,” he added.

Naik is facing probe both in India and Bangladesh after two suspects in the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016 claimed that they were inspired by Naik's radical preaching. The two were staunch followers of Naik on Facebook and on the Peace Television Channel. The terror attack had left 22 people dead.

He also said that the Interpol has already cancelled a red corner notice against him earlier. "...It's been one-and-a-half years since the government submitted a charge sheet and started applying pressure on the Interpol," Naik added. The 52-year-old currently holds a permanent residence status in Malaysia, which was confirmed last year by then-Malaysian deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In March, Enforcement Directorate arrested Zakir Naik’s trusted aide Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak for allegedly “actively assisting” him in money laundering.

According to ED, the money laundering was done through "dubious" origins from UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting of incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Coronavirus Outbreak: Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran among 1,500 British musicians who urge government to aid live music business
Entertainment

Coronavirus Outbreak: Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran among 1,500 British musicians who urge government to aid live music business

The artistes wrote an open letter calling for clear timelines on reopening of music venues, and support for businesses to survive the coronavirus pandemic

IOC-led paper fears salary cuts could lead to rise in corruption post-COVID-19 crisis
Sports

IOC-led paper fears salary cuts could lead to rise in corruption post-COVID-19 crisis

The paper, commissioned by the IOC in collaboration with UN and INTERPOL, advises organisations and federations against slashing salaries of sports professionals, which could lead to criminal groups taking advantage of the situation.

Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump and others over killing of General Qassem Soleimani, asks Interpol for help
World

Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump and others over killing of General Qassem Soleimani, asks Interpol for help

While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.