New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reiterated that it will take all necessary measures to bring back renowned Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik and have him face justice in India, ANI reported.
In a weekly briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, to a question on reports of Naik’s visit to Oman and if India has an extradition arrangement with the country, said: “We will continue to take all necessary measures to bring him to face justice in India.”
Dr Naik moved to Malaysia in 2016. The same year, India’s counterterrorism agency filed a complaint against him, accusing him of “promoting religious hatred and other unlawful activities”.
“Zakir Naik is an accused in numerous cases in India. He is a fugitive from justice. We have taken up the matter with the Govt of Oman & Oman authorities,” said Bagchi.
Naik will reportedly be in Oman on March 27. To a pointed question on the preacher’s extradition, Bagchi said he needs to confirm with the ratified list if India has an extradition treaty with Oman, the news agency report said.
“As regards the extradition part, I will check on this. I think the list of countries we have an extradition treaty with is already in the public domain. Oman is not on the list. However, I do need to reconfirm,” he said.