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No request from Indian police to arrest Naik, says IGP

 | April 21, 2017

Khalid Abu Bakar says they will have to go through attorney-general's chambers for any help.

khalid-abu-bakar-zakir-naikPETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said today police have not received any request from the Indian authorities to arrest controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik.

He said the Indian authorities will have to go through the Malaysian attorney-general’s chambers for any request of help.

“Nothing so far. They will have to go through our AG for any request for help,” he told FMT through a WhatsApp message.

He was asked if the Indian authorities had sought help from the Malaysian police to arrest Naik and whether the Malaysian government would be questioning him on the allegations.

Today, a court in India issued a second non-bailable warrant of arrest against Naik.

The Special Court in Mumbai issued the warrant yesterday following an application by India’s National Investigations Agency (NIA), The Indian Express reported.

NIA claimed its investigations revealed Naik had been “encouraging and aiding” his followers through his public speeches, lectures and talks to promote disharmony between different religious communities and groups, the daily said.

The NIA also informed the court that although notices were sent to Naik thrice, he had not responded.

Last week, another court, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Special Court, issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik in a money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, after he failed to appear before it.

According to an NDTV report, the NIA said it would seek the help of Interpol to take Naik back to India from abroad.

The report said the NIA had filed a case against Naik and other officials of his Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) following the terror attacks in Dhaka last year, where one of the attackers claimed to have been influenced by Naik. Last December, the government declared IRF a terror outfit.

Naik was on a tour abroad at that time and had since not returned to India.

Naik, whose presence in Malaysia has been opposed by several groups who say his teachings and statements will divide multi-religious Malaysia, has claimed that he would not get a fair trial in India and would be tortured if he returned.

On Tuesday, Malaysians came to know that Naik had been given permanent resident status five years ago.

Nineteen people, including Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy and lawyer Siti Kasim, recently filed a suit against the government for allegedly harbouring Naik.

The 19 claimed in their suit that the preacher, who is a citizen of India, was capable of threatening national security and harmony.

However, some Muslim groups in Malaysia are supportive of him, with Malay pressure group Perkasa saying the Malaysian government’s decision to grant permanent resident status to Naik was justified.

Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said it was Putrajaya’s right to protect Naik and even likened it to the French government granting political asylum in 1978 to the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who had fled persecution by the Shah’s regime.


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