India's request for Naik's extradition under active consideration of Malaysia: Ministry of External Affairs

Following the reports, Naik, in a statement, said he would not return to India till he felt "safe from unfair prosecution".

Published: 05th July 2018 11:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th July 2018 11:08 PM   |  A+A-

Islamic Research Foundation president and preacher Zakir Naik (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India today said its request to Malaysia to extradite controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was under active consideration of that country.

In January, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had made a formal request to Malaysia to deport Naik, wanted by India for allegedly inciting youngsters for terror activities through his hate speeches.

"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.

He was asked about the status of India's request to Malaysia to extradite Naik.

India has an extradition treaty with Malaysia.

There were media reports about his deportation to India by the Malaysian government.

Following the reports, Naik, in a statement, said he would not return to India till he felt "safe from unfair prosecution".

He is being probed under terror and money laundering charges by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

He had left India in July, 2016.

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