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Interpol cancels red corner notice against Zakir Naik

NEW DELHI: Interpol on Saturday cancelled the red corner notice against the controversial religious preacher and Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) founder Zakir Naik, against whom India had earlier slapped charges under Section 10 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act [(UA(P)A], in addition to Sections 120B, 153A, 295A, 298 and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court had also declared him a proclaimed offender in July after he failed to appear before the agency despite several summons. Interpol has instructed its global offices to delete all data related to Naik.
Zakir Naik has been accused of spreading hatred through his speeches. He has also been accused of funding terrorists and money laundering over the years. Unconfirmed reports have said that Naik has acquired Saudi citizenship. In its charge sheet, NIA has also named IRF and the company Harmony Media Ltd.
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