India Abroad

Zakir Naik Gets Permanent Residence, Malaysian PM Says He Won’t Be Deported

| July 6 , 2018 , 15:21 IST

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday said that controversial Islamist preacher Zakir Naik will not be deported back to India. 

While speaking at a press conference, Malaysian PM Mahathir said, “As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status.”

According to media reports, the response came in soon after the Indian government asked for Naik to be sent back to the country to continue the trial in relation to incitement of violence and money laundering charges imposed on him.

Naik had earlier denied the reports in relation to his deportation to India, he had then 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 controversial speaker left India in 2016 and has moved to Malaysia where he was granted permanent residence. The ED is probing allegations of money laundering to the tune of more than Rs 18 crore. Bangladesh had cited Naik's speeches on a television channel as the reason for an attack in Dhaka wherein 22 people were killed.

Zakir Naik has been booked under section 153 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for promoting enmity among different religions and also under sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, for being a member of an unlawful association, abetting an unlawful activity and criminal conspiracy.