On Monday, the National Investigation Agency will seek out an Interpol notice against Dr Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher currently in Saudi Arabia. Naik has been given a deadline to appear before the NIA on Monday and if he fails to do so, then the NIA will seek out help from the Interpol.
Earlier this week, a special court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik. The warrant was issued after Naik on repeated occasions failed to turn up for questioning. He had however offered to join the probe through video-conferencing, but the same was rejected by both the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate.
While on one hand, India would seek through diplomatic channels the extradition of Naik, on the other hand an Interpol notice would come in handy to curb Naik's movements.
Indian agencies suspect that he may leave Saudi Arabia to another country which is not a friendly nation to India. In such an event it would become almost impossible to seek his extradition. In such a scenario an Interpol red corner notice would come in handy as Naik would not be able to leave Saudi Arabia.
It may be recalled that the Indian agencies had issued a look-out circular against Naik.