KUALA LUMPUR – The Indian court has ordered independent Islamic preacher and the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) Dr Zakir Naik to appear in court on 31 July or face risk of being arrested.
Based on a report from The Times of India, the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court will issue a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Zakir if he fails to appear physically at the court.
The PMLA court was hearing an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking a non-bailable warrant on the controversial preacher who is holding a Permanent Resident status in Malaysia.
Earlier, India said it has made a formal request to Malaysia to extradite Zakir. However, Malaysia, through Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the country has the rights to reject the request for extradition as Zakir believes that he would not be accorded justice in India.
Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Deparment Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said, proper process will be accorded in the extradition of the preacher as it implicates the diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Zakir is facing charges for inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India.
He is also facing probes in India and Bangladesh on terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016 when the two suspects of the attack claimed that they were inspired by Zakir’s preaching.
Besides that, the ED had also filed a complaint against Zakir on money laundering charges amounting to Rs193.06 crore (RM115 million). -MalaysiaGazette