Money Laundering Case: Special Court demands physical presence of Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik on July 31

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has charged Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik for laundering money worth ₹193 crore


A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court ordered controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to ‘physically’ appear before the court on July 31 in connection with the money laundering case. The court also said that a non-bailable warrant will be issued against Naik if he fails to be present on the given date.  

This happened while the special court was hearing an application filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) which sought a non-bailable warrant against the Islamic preacher. 

Naik is wanted in a money laundering case and is also charged with inciting hate speech and communal disharmony. According to reports, the Islamic preacher is staying in Malaysia. 

India has made a formal request to the Malaysian government for extraditing Zakir Naik so that the Islamic preacher can face trial for his alleged crimes. However, the Malaysian government is refraining from doing so, saying that they have the right to not extradite Naik.  

In press statements, Naik has maintained that he won’t be granted justice in India. However, despite the Malaysian government’s stand, India is keen on pursuing Naik’s extradition. 

Islamic preacher Zakir Naik is also wanted in Bangladesh in relation to the terror attacks at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in the year 2016. The suspects behind the terror attacks claimed that they were inspired by Zakir Naik’s preachings. 

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