New Delhi, July 6 :Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday that controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik wanted in India over allegations of terror activities and hate speech will not be extradited.
“As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status,” Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a news conference in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had made a formal request to Malaysia in January to deport Zakir Naik and was informed that Malaysia is reviewing India’s extradition request for controversial preacher .
“At this stage, our request is under active consideration of the Malaysian side. Our High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is in regular touch with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this regard,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a press briefing.
The controversial preacher said he had no plans to come back to India. “I have no plans to come to India till I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution. When I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland,” he said in a statement.
His lawyer Dato Shaharuddin Ali said “as of today”, there is no truth in the report that Zakir Naik was being sent back to India. Neither had he been served any extradition papers.”
Zakir Naik is known for hate speeches that allegedly inspired an ISIS terrorist involved in the 2016 Dhaka attack.
The controversial preacher is currently lodged at Putrajaya, with a permanent residency . India has been seeking his extradition after the National Investigation Agency filed a chargesheet against Naik and others in several cases which included delivering hate speeches.