The Interpol has rejected India’s Red Corner Notice against Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik on the grounds that it lacked evidence and was 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.
“NIA’s request for Red Notice against Zakir Naik was not accepted by Interpol as charge sheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol Hqrs. Now NIA will submit a fresh request to Interpol as charge sheet has already been filed in the concerned NIA court in Mumbai,” a spokesperson of the agency was quoted by DNA.
The Interpol also asked its offices across the globe to delete data on Naik while making harsh comments about the merit of the case against him.
The decision to reject India’s request was taken by the Interpol’s Commission in its 102nd session held on 24-27 October 2017 and data on Naik was deleted from its database on 9 November.
Reacting to the development, Naik said (See video below), “I am relieved about it. But I would have been much more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies, they gave me justice and cleared me of all the false charges. I am sure it will happen soon for the truth has a fantastic way of coming out. It came out internationally and it will come out in India soon.”
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), whose credentials have come under intense scrutiny under the Narendra Modi government, had filed a charge sheet against Naik, the founder of Islamic Research Foundation, for allegedly inciting young persons for terror activities and giving hate speeches.
The Modi government has already banned the IRF for five years. The entire case against Naik was based on a media report published in a Bangladeshi newspaper, The Daily Star, which had alleged that one of the suicide bombers was inspired by his talks. The paper had later apologised for its fake reporting.
Continuing the harassment against the IRF founder, the Mumbai civic body’s education department had said that Naik’s Islamic International School (IIS) in south Mumbai was operating without authorisation.