After Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday refused to send terror preacher Zakir Naik back to India, the NIA sources have said that it is not a setback to the agency.
The top NIA sources further add that the extradition process for Zakir Naik will continue between both the countries. Simultaneously, NIA is working towards getting red corner notice issued from Interpol.
Interpol had earlier written to NIA to give details regarding the chargesheet filed against Zakir Naik.
Meanwhile, sources in the government have told Republic TV that other south Asian countries have expressed concern about Zakir Naik’s influence in the region and thus the government will press upon the fact that he is a “global threat”.
Apart from creating disharmony among communities, India has also informed Malaysia that Naik has indulged in business malpractices. He has been charged for money laundering.
Earlier today sparking massive outrage, the Malaysian PM had said, “As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status," at a news conference in administrative capital Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur.
After Malaysian government's negative response on the extradition of hate preacher Zakir Naik, Hansraj Ahir (MoS, Home) said:
"It must be their government policy. We hoped for a different outcome. We tried. He is spreading disharmony in the country. His NGO is also spreading disharmony. May be not now, but we will get hold of him eventually and bring him to justice."
Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. Born in Mumbai in 1965, Naik had founded tele-evangelism channel Peace TV, with which he, nonetheless, spread communal discord, indulging in religious comparativism among other things.