Zakir Naik says he won’t return to India till he feels ‘safe from unfair prosecution’

Zakir Naik says he won’t return to India till he feels ‘safe from unfair prosecution’
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Mumbai: Dr Zakir Naik, the Islamic scholar and preacher who has been staying abroad to evade arrest in various cases in India, today said he would not return home till he felt “safe from unfair prosecution”.

Naik’s statement, issued through his PRO, came amid reports that he was being deported to India from Malaysia.

“The news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to India till I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution,” said Naik in the statement.

He added that he would “surely return to my homeland” when he feels “that the government will be just and fair.”

Naik is facing various cases, including for alleged hate speech and money laundering, in India and has been staying abroad to evade arrest.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had first registered a case against the 51-year-old Naik under anti- terror laws in 2016 for allegedly promoting enmity between different religious groups

The NIA and Mumbai Police, subsequently, had also carried out searches at 10 places in Mumbai including residential premises of some of the office bearers of the foundation run by Naik.

The foundation was earlier put on restricted list by the Home Ministry for receiving funds from abroad. PTI