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Indian passport of Zakir Naik revoked

MNA International Desk: Indian passport of televangelist Zakir Naik, who is wanted in connection with his role in a terror case, was on Tuesday revoked on the NIA’s request, an official statement said.

The NIA had requested the External Affairs Ministry to revoke Naik’s passport after he failed to respond to three summons in cases filed under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against him last year, an NIA official said.

The NIA took the step after a special NIA court on April 21 issued non-bailable warrant against Naik and subsequently issued proclamation on June 15 requiring his appearance.

Following the Dhaka terror attacks last year, the NIA had filed the case against Naik and other officials of his Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation.

Naik was on a tour abroad at that time and has since not returned to India allegedly to evade arrest under various charges, including inspiring militant activities and money-laundering.

His organisation, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the government.

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