Centre tightens noose around Zakir Naik, revokes his passport

The passport of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was today revoked at the request of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said.
Centre  tightens noose around Zakir Naik, revokes his passport
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The passport of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was today revoked at the request of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said.

The officials of the probe agency said the travel document was revoked by the Regional Passport Office of Mumbai after 51-year-old Naik failed to respond to a show cause notice issued to him for personal appearance by July 13.

The notice was served asking Naik why his passport should not be revoked in view of various investigations pending against him, they said.

"He is being probed for terror and money laundering charges by the NIA. He fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches," officials said.

According to 'Middle East Monitor', an online news portal on developments in Middle East, Naik has already been granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia. There was no independent verification to this so far.

Naik had his passport renewed in January last year and it has a validity for 10 years.

The NIA, on November 18, 2016, had registered a criminal case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

His organisation, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared as an unlawful association by the government a day prior to registering of the case.

The central government has already banned his NGO and taken his TV channel, Peace TV, off air.

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