Zakir Naik’s spokesperson on Saturday said that the Interpol has cancelled the red corner notice against the Islamic preacher.
In a statement, Naik’s spokesperson said: “Interpol has cancelled red corner notice on Dr Naik and instructed its worldwide offices to delete all data from files on him, have cited political and religious bias among other reasons.”
Last year in November, the Indian government had banned Naik and his organisation for five years, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) after declaring it an “unlawful” organisation.
India’s legal process for approaching Malaysia for the extradition of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is “nearing completion” and soon an official request will be sent, the external affairs ministry had recently said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has charged Naik and the Mumbai-based non-profit Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) that he founded in 1991 with indulging in unlawful activities and promoting religious hatred.
The government has imposed a five-year ban on the IRF under the country’s anti-terror laws and has declared Naik an absconder.
Zakir, 52, charge-sheeted by NIA for his alleged role in “terror funding and money laundering cases”, has denied the accusations and has claimed that he was being targeted by the Indian government as part of “religious persecution of minorities in India”.