Interpol rejects India's application to blacklist exiled Muslim televangelist Zakir Naik
According to sources cited by India Today TV, Indian authorities are currently in negotiations with Interpol to ascertain why the application was unsuccessful.
Naik is currently based in Malaysia, where he remains as a permanent resident on a Saudi passport.
A Red Corner Notice would place Naik on a list of wanted persons, however falls short of a full international arrest warrant for the preacher.
The 53-year-old claims there is a campaign against him, fuelled by the Hindu nationalist agenda of India's Modi government.
But Muslim-majority Bangladesh also took action against Naik's Dubai-based Peace TV network, following a deadly 2016 attack in Dhaka, saying the perpetrators may have been inspired by his sermons.
He has denied all charges and distanced himself from accusations of supporting terrorism, including by criticising the Islamic State group.
However, his brand of ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islamic views are said to have inspired would-be terrorists such as Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American linked to a 2009 New York City Subway plot, who was allegedly an "admirer" of Naik's sermons.
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