The controversial speaker denies he will be flying home to India this evening.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun denied reports on online news portals, including ones based in India, that Dr Zakir Naik will be handed over to Indian authorities on Wednesday night.
“It is not true. He will not be extradited to India tonight,” he told The Star on Wednesday (July 4).
A Malaysian news portal also quoted Zakir’s lawyer – Shaharuddin Ali – as saying that his client has not received any extradition notice.
“I have no plans to come to India till I feel safe from unfair prosecution.
“When I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland,” Zakir was quoted as saying in the report.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said previously that Dr Zakir is subject to the Malaysian rule of law and he would have to answer to the authorities if he broke any of the nation’s laws.
The 52-year-old controversial preacher is said to be residing in Putrajaya, with a permanent residency awarded by the previous administration.
Indian authorities are seeking his repatriation as charges have been prepared against him for “promoting enmity and hatred.