India says Malaysia considering govt’s request to extradite controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik

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India has said, Malaysia is considering New Delhi’s request to extradite controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Briefing media in New Delhi, yesterday External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is in regular touch with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this regard.

India has an extradition treaty with Malaysia, and there were media reports about Naik’s deportation to India by the Malaysian government. Later, Naik said he would not return to India till he felt safe from unfair prosecution.

The External Affairs Ministry had, in January, made a formal request to Malaysia to deport Naik, wanted by India for allegedly inciting youngsters for terror activities through his hate speeches.

He is being probed under terror and money laundering charges by the National Investigation Agency. Naik had left India in July, 2016.

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