King Salman grants Dr. Zakir Naik Saudi citizenship

Indian Islamic scholar Zakir Naik denied media reports that claimed that he had been granted Saudi citizenship to evade arrest by Interpol.

According to Middle East Monitor, Arab sources reported that King Salman had intervened to grant Naik Saudi citizenship to protect him from arrest by the International Police Organisation (Interpol).

According to reports, he has been nominated in several cases over accusations of inciting youngsters to wage Jihad.

The Centre had declared Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO based at Dongri in south Mumbai, an unlawful organisation under the Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act (UAPA).

The 51-year-old Zakir is wanted in India for alleged terrorism financing and money laundering and authorities there are moving to revoke his passport and to have Interpol issue a red corner notice, which is akin to an global arrest warrant.

The NIA had registered a case against him after one of the Dhaka terror attackers had claimed on his Facebook page that he drew inspiration from Naik’s speeches.

It was believed that Dr Naik, who had by then moved to Saudi Arabia, would be forced to return to India if his passport was revoked.

An FIR against Naik and his associates was registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in November a year ago.

Naik has been booked for allegedly propagating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.

Bangladesh is the latest to ban his free-to-air channel Peace TV, following Malaysia, another Muslim-majority nation.

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