Zakir Naik must present himself on July 31, orders Indian court

Indian court says a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Zakir Naik if he fails to appear before it. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Mumbai, India, has ordered controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to physically appear before it on July 31, The Times of India reported.

The court said that a non-bailable warrant would be issued against Naik if he fails to appear before it.

The court was hearing an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking a non-bailable warrant against the controversial preacher, who is a permanent resident in Malaysia.

Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India, the report added.

Naik is facing probes both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016 after two suspects in the attack claimed they were inspired by Naik’s radical preaching.

India said it has made a formal request to Malaysia and will continue to pursue his extradition.

However, Malaysia says it has not received any formal request for his extradition.

Recently, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his country has the right not to extradite Naik as the preacher believes he would not be accorded justice in India.

The ED filed a prosecution complaint against Naik on money laundering charges on Dec 22, 2016.

A total Rs193.06 crore (RM115 million) has been identified as “proceeds of crime”. The directorate has also attached properties of Naik worth Rs50.46 crore, The Times reported.