Interpol cancels Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik, gives clean chit

New Delhi: The Interpol cancelled the Red corner Notice issued against Dr. Zakir Naik contending that there was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest.

The decision was taken by the Interpol’s Commission in its 102nd session held on 24-27 October 2017 and has deleted all data on the Islamic preacher from its database on November 9 and urged all National Central Bureau of Interpol to update their national databases accordingly.

Dr. Naik welcomed the Interpol communication in a video message, “Am relieved but would be more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies gave me justice and also cleared me for all the charges”.

The Interpol was listening to the request made by The National Central Bureau of Interpol of India made in May 2017 pertaining to Naik.

The Indian NCB of Interpol had requested for Red Corner Notice of Dr. Zakir Naik for “promoting enmity between two different religious groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association etc.”

The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had banned Dr. Zakir Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in November last year.

Following the ban, all the operations of IRF were stopped, his Harvard pattern Islamic International School bank accounts were frozen by the Indian authorities.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that Zakir Naik deliberately insulted other religions or religious beliefs under the aegis of IRF with help of Harmony Media Private Limited (HMPL) to cause dissatisfaction. He is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA.

Naik, a 52-year-old Mumbai-based televangelist came under the lens of security agencies after Bangladesh suspended Peace TV channel, which features Naik’s preachings, after some media reports claimed bombers of a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people last year were admirers of him. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dr. Naik who has taken residence in Malaysia repeatedly denied accusations of “running away” from investigations. Dr. Naik has been away from India since May 2016, much before the Dhaka incident of July that year.