ED to Approach CBI to Issue RCN Against Zakir Naik

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Islamic scholar Zakir Naik. — File photo

NEW DELHI (IANS) — The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will approach the CBI for requesting Interpol to issue a red corner notice, commonly known as RCN, against Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is currently residing in Malaysia, sources said.

Naik is wanted in India for alleged money laundering and delivering inflammatory speeches.

In India, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the nodal agency and one of the oldest members of Interpol which issues RCN. Once the RCN is issued, a request is sent to law enforcement agencies worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest the person pending his or her extradition.

The ED is also planning to approach a Mumbai court to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against the 54-year-old preacher who recently created a row in Malaysia by delivering discriminatory speeches for which he has tendered his apologies.

Once the Mumbai court issues a non-bailable warrant against Naik, the ED will send a formal request to the CBI to send a petition to the Interpol seeking a red corner notice to Malaysia, demanding that Naik must be extradited to India as per the extradition treaty between the two nations.

Naik has been in Malaysia for about three years after he was granted permanent residency in the country.

The Interpol has in the past rejected the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) request on the ground that no charge-sheet was filed against Naik at the time of submission. The agency had termed it as a technical ground and that Interpol had not taken cognizance of it filing a charge-sheet against Naik and others before a Mumbai court in October 2017.

The ED had filed its first direct charge-sheet against Naik in May this year. It identified the proceeds of crime was worth Rs 193.06 crore and alleged that Naik’s speeches incited young Muslim men to commit terrorist acts.

The ED has alleged that Naik’s IRF had organised peace conferences in Mumbai between 2007 and 2011 in which he attempted to convert people and incite terrorist acts.

Naik had denied the charges in a statement issued in June this year.

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