Indian Islamic preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted by authorities in Delhi for alleged terrorist offences, has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia.
According to media reports, King Salman had personally intervened to grant Naik Saudi citizenship.
As per the reports, the move to grant Zakir Naik the citizenship, was aimed to protect him from getting arrested by the International Police Organisation, Interpol.
Pertinently, last month Indian courts issued a second arrest warrant for Dr Naik in connection with his alleged role in a terror-related case and over money laundering allegations.
However, Naik, who was on tour at the time, decided not to return to India and remained in Malaysia where permanent residency status was granted to him five years ago by the Malaysian government.