The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India's nodal agency for Interpol, puts up any requests pertaining to notices on fugitives before it. Naik, 52, promptly welcomed the Interpol communication.
Interpol's rules and thus decided the lndian government's request for Red Corner notice should be cancelled. This could also be the reason why Malaysia granted permanent residency to Naik. Zakir Naik has been residing out of India since July 1, 2016, and has offered investigative agencies to question him through Skype or digital means, but agencies have been pushing Naik to come to India. "Am relieved but would be more relieved if my own Indian government and Indian agencies gave me justice and also cleared me for all the charges", the televangelist who has been on the run said in a video message, according to Indian media.
He further went on to say that "truth has a fantastic way of coming out".
The decision was taken by Interpol's Commission in its 102nd session held between 24-27 October 2017.
Naik has been accused of spreading hatred by his speeches, funding terrorists and money laundering over the years. Interpol contended, "There was a severe lack of evidentiary basis, a failure by Indian authorities to follow due process of law, political and religious bias that formed the basis of such a notice, and lack of worldwide interest".
"The NIA's request for a Red Notice against Zakir Naik was not accepted by Interpol as the charge sheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol headquarters".
NIA sources said the global police agency has rejected India's request for RCN against Naik on the ground that when the request was sent by NIA through CBI, there was no chargesheet filed in any court in India against Naik.
"We suspect the hand of China in rejecting the RCN (red-corner notice) against Naik", a senior security official told The Telegraph on Saturday evening. His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.