In yet another setback for the National Democratic Alliance government, Interpol has, for the third time, refused to issue a Red Corner Notice against the preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
The body cited lack of evidence and any proof of wrongdoing as the reasons behind its decision to not issue the notice. Interpol has further instructed all its offices to delete all data on Dr Naik from its files.
The decision was taken by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files in its 109th session, which took place from July 1-5.
In a letter of July 22, Interpol said Naik was 'not subject to an Interpol Red Notice or diffusion'.
India had on June 12 formally requested Malaysia to extradite the preacher, who is wanted in money laundering cases and for delivering hate speeches.
Notably, Naik has been residing in Malaysia for two years to avoid arrest. Cases were filed against Naik following a terror attack on Holey Artisan café in Dhaka in 2016. In the meantime, the Enforcement Directorate has charged Naik with a Rs 193 crore money laundering case.