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Zakir Naik won't return till he feels 'safe from unfair prosecution'

'The news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false,' he said of reports claiming he would return to India tonight

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Zakir Naik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Zakir Naik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naik, the controversial Islamic who has been staying abroad to evade arrest in various cases in India, on Wednesday said he would not return home till he felt "safe from unfair prosecution".

Naik's statement, issued through his PRO here, came amid reports that he was being deported to from

"The news of my coming to is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to till I don't feel safe from unfair prosecution," said in the statement.

He added that he would "surely return to my homeland" when he feels "that the government will be just and fair."

is facing various cases, including for hate speech and money laundering, in India and has been staying abroad to evade arrest.

The Investigation Agency (NIA) had first registered a case against the 51-year-old under anti-terror laws in 2016 for allegedly promoting enmity between different religious groups

The NIA and Police, subsequently, had also carried out searches at 10 places in including residential premises of some of the office bearers of the foundation run by Naik.

The foundation was earlier put on a restricted list by the for receiving funds from abroad.

First Published: Wed, July 04 2018. 14:59 IST