Zakir Naik's extradition request soon says India

Zakir Naik

India will soon approach Malaysia with a request to extradite hardline Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the government said on Friday. "Maybe in the next couple of weeks, it will be clear what will be the nature of the request".

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday said it will explore all the legal options to bring Naik back to India.

Yesterday, news agency Reuters had reported that Naik, who was accompanied by a bodyguard, made a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Malaysia's administrative capital, where the PM and his cabinet members often worship. He has been charged by NIA for radicalising youth.

"Any formal request where we are seeking the assistance of a foreign government in cases of extradition, it requires a legal process â€" internally first", Kumar said when he was asked if India would ask Malaysia for extradition of Naik.

According to Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, his government is constantly monitoring the activity of Naik in the country, and action will be taken if he is found to be involved in terrorism activities.

The dossier would also include the chargesheet filed by NIA against Naik in a Mumbai court, details as to why the home ministry banned Naik's organisation, IRF, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), and various summons issued against Naik by NIA designated court.

Zakir Naik is accused of inciting terror in Indian through his speeches.

Responding to a media query on China blocking worldwide consensus on listing Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist, Mr Kumar said, India will continue its fight against terrorism and the like-minded countries are with it on the issue. Naik has been named as an absconding accused.

Naik is also being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. The Enforcement Directorate has also registered a criminal case against Naik and others.



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