Now that a charge sheet has been filed against the controversial televangelist, the NIA will move the Interpol again for a Red Corner Notice, the officials said.
Interpol had indicated that the main reason for accepting Zakir Naik's demand to cancel the red notice request was linked to India jumping the gun and making a "premature" request. The Interpol's panel that decides on these notices underlined that the purpose of a red notice is to facilitate a country to seek the extradition of an accused charged for an offence, not a suspect merely under investigation.
A Red Corner Notice would have restricted international travel for Zakir Naik, who has been changing his base frequently after the NIA petititioned the Interpol for an international arrest warrant against him, the officials told news agency Press Trust of India.
The 52-year-old Naik welcomed the Interpol's decision. "Am relieved but would be more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies gave me justice and also cleared me for all the charges," he said in a video message.
His present place of stay is unknown and it is believed that he has been shuttling between the UAE, Saudi Arabia and African and Southeast Asian countries.
With inputs from PTI
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