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Will controversial preacher Zakir Naik be extradited today?

Bombay High Court had earlier refused to grant relief to Naik, who is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities, observing that he did not show any interest or desire to help the probe agencies.

July 04, 2018 / 01:50 PM IST
Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik

Controversial preacher Zakir Naik "will be taking a flight to India today," a top Malaysian police officer has said, according to a report by NDTV.

Other media reports later said the controversial Islamic preacher is being extradited.

However, in a statement, Naik said, "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. Insha Allah when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland."

The preacher came into the spotlight in 2016, after perpetrators of a terror attack in Bangladesh were said to have been inspired by him. A closer inspection of Naik's teachings by Indian investigating agencies examined charges of him insulting Hindu Gods.