NIA to ask for Interpol notice against Zakir Naik
The National Investigation Agency decided to ask for an Interpol notice against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to curb his movements out of Saudi Arabia where is currently based if he fails to turn up before it on Monday after defying repeated summons to join an investigation into his affairs.
According to intelligence agencies, Naik has been travelling to Malaysia and Indonesia frequently from Saudi Arabia, where he fled to immediately after investigations were launched against him and his NGO, Islamic Research Foundation, for terror propaganda. The agency wants to restrict Naik's movements by issuing a red corner notice which will empower Interpol and authorities of Saudi Arabia to arrest him.
The red corner notice, an NIA official said, would be issued once a non-bailable warrant against him is procured.
A lookout circular has already been issued for his arrest at Indian ports/airports. ‘We have already given him enough time to respond. He has been issued three summons.’
‘We believe he is not going to turn up the third time also (on April 17) and hence, we need to use hard measures to bring him back,’ said the official.