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Posted at: Mar 20, 2017, 4:54 PM; last updated: Mar 20, 2017, 4:54 PM (IST)

NIA issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik

New Delhi, March 20

The National Investigation Agency issued a second notice to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Monday asking him to appear before it on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law.

The NIA issued a notice to the 51-year-old preacher’s Mumbai home asking him to appear before its headquarters.

The agency’s last summon, issued last month, asked Naik to appear before the agency on March 24.

He has so far failed to comply with summons issued by investigation agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate.

Naik left the country after investigation suggested that some militants involved in the attacks that killed 23 people, an Indian girl among them, last year may have been inspired by his sermons.

He is currently believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

Naik is banned in the US, Canada and Malaysia, although his preaching, controversial for denigrating other religions and encouraging Islamic sectarianism, is popular in Bangladesh.

NIA booked Naik and his associates in November under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for encouraging terrorism. The central government later banned his non-profit organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation, a decision that the Delhi High Court recently upheld.

He has denied the charges. —PTI

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