Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, has denied media reports of him being granted Saudi citizenship.
In a statement, his organisation Islamic Research Foundation, said, “It (news of Saudi citizenship) is false, unless Allah wills. This is how media even prints gossip as facts.”
Quoting sources, Middle East Monitor website had reported that King Salman had intervened to grant Naik Saudi citizenship to protect him from an arrest by the International Police Organisation, Interpol.
Last month, a special court in Mumbai had allowed the NIA’s plea to issue a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him over terror-related case and money-laundering charges.
An FIR against Naik and his associates was registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in November last year.
The physician-turned-preacher has been booked for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) have also been slapped on him.
The Centre had declared Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO based at Dongri in south Mumbai, an unlawful organisation under the UAPA.
The Delhi High Court had recently upheld the decision to immediately ban IRF saying the organisation and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity”.
Besides the IRF, Naik is also founding trustee of the IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.
The speeches of Naik are banned in the UK, Canada and Malaysia.
Naik has rejected all allegations of involvement in terror-related activities and opposed the ban on the IRF.