New Delhi: The Interpol on Saturday cancelled red corner notice against Zakir Naik saying that the evidence submitted by India against the controversial Islamic preacher was ‘insufficient’ as it could not prove his role in terror-related activities.
The Interpol contended that there was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of international interest.
In addition, the Interpol Commission also instructed all its worldwide officers to take down all the data from the files of Dr. Zakir Naik.
The Interpol was listening to the request made by The National Central Bureau of Interpol of India made in May 2017 pertaining to Naik.
The Indian NCB of Interpol had requested for Red Corner Notice against Naik for ‘promoting enmity between two different religious groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association etc’.
The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had banned Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in November last year.
Earlier in October, the NIA had filed a chargesheet against the controversial speaker for promoting enmity and hatred between religious groups in India through his speeches and lectures.