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In­dia re­buts Ma­hathir’s claim on Naik ex­tra­di­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

New Delhi: Malaysian PM Ma­hathir Mo­hamad has de­nied that PM

Naren­dra Modi had asked him, dur­ing their re­cent Vladi­vos­tok meet­ing, for ex­tra­di­tion of con­tro­ver­sial Is­lamic preacher This in­vited a quick re­but­tal from for­eign min­is­ter S Jais­hankar and other In­dian of­fi­cials who said In­dia had in­deed raised the is­sue of Naik’s ex­tra­di­tion dur­ing the meet­ing.

Jais­hankar also said In­dia will con­tinue to work for Naik’s ex­tra­di­tion.

“Not many coun­tries want him (Naik). In­dia has not in­sisted. When I met PM Naren­dra Modi, he did not ask me that he wants this man back. This man could be trou­ble­some for In­dia,” Ma­hathir was quoted as say­ing in an in­ter­view to a Malaysian ra­dio sta­tion.

In a press con­fer­ence, Jais­hankar said Naik’s ex­tra­di­tion is­sue had in­deed come up dur­ing Modi’s meet­ing with Ma­hathir in Vladi­vos­tok. He said In­dia had placed a re­quest with Malaysia for Naik’s ex­tra­di­tion in Jan­uary.

Naik is wanted by In­dian au­thor­i­ties since 2016 for al­leged money laun­der­ing and in­cit­ing ex­trem­ism through hate speeches. He was banned last month by Malaysian au­thor­i­ties from car­ry­ing out pub­lic ac­tiv­i­ties after his re­marks against Malaysian Hin­dus and Chinese.

1held for beat­ing man to death with um­brella:

Aman has been ar­rested for as­sault­ing an auto rick­shaw driver with an um­brella and caus­ing his death in Ban­dra . The in­ci­dent took place in early Septem­ber.

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