Not returning to India until I feel 'safe': Zakir Naik
Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher who is staying abroad to evade arrest in India, today said he would not return home till he felt "safe". Naik's statement, through his PRO, came amid reports that he was being deported to India from Malaysia. "I have no plans to come to India till I don't feel safe from unfair prosecution," said Naik. Here's more.
Naik said he would surely return to his homeland when he feels that the government will be just and fair. Naik is facing various cases, including for hate speech and money laundering, in India. The National Investigation Agency had first registered a case against the 51-year-old Naik under anti-terror laws in 2016 for allegedly promoting enmity between different religious groups.
NIA and Mumbai Police also carried out searches at 10 places in Mumbai including residential premises of some of the office bearers of the foundation run by Naik. The foundation was earlier put on the restricted list by Home Ministry for receiving funds from abroad.