Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Zakir Naik Not Returning to India Yet, Scraps Mumbai Media Event

Taking a dig at the state and central governments for allowing the preacher to carry on with his activities, Sena said Naik should have been thrown into the same cell as Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab long back.

Smitha Nair | CNN-News18smitharnair

Updated:July 11, 2016, 1:19 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Loading...

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has cancelled his press conference scheduled in Mumbai for Tuesday, raising questions on whether he is returning to India immediately.

Naik's office told CNN-News18 that he is not coming to Mumbai to address the press conference and that he will address the press conference through Skype from Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Police sources said they suspect he may not subject himself to the probe ordered against him on alleged terror links.

The sources added they are not however taking any chances and that police are watching his office and other properties in case he returned to the country quietly

Reacting to the news, BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said the law should follow its course, now that it is clear that the preacher is not immediately returning to India.

Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said the government woke too late to the issue and that it should place in public all the facts it has gathered against him.

Naik been facing the heat following reports that his alleged "provocative" speeches had inspired some of the militants who carried out Bangladesh's worst terror attack in a cafe in capital Dhaka.

Shiv Sena, which is part of the ruling coalition in Maharashtra, has demanded that the Islamic preacher be arrested the moment he lands in India, and that his "Peace TV" network be dismantled.

The NDA ally also likened Zakir Naik's "social work" to the activities of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.

"The way fanatics like Pakistan-based Azhar Masood openly spew venom, people like Zakir Naik carry out through

their social work in the name of peace by covert means. Naik has been nurturing anti-nationals for the last several years and the lessons in peace preached by him have been unmasked after the Dhaka carnage," the Sena said in a stinging editorial in its moutpiece "Saamana".

Naik has however dismissed all the allegations against him.

(With inputs from PTI)

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results