Former Mumbai police commissioner and BJP MP Satyapal Singh on Sunday said if need be, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik can be extradited. “The government of India has all the mechanisms, if required he can be extradited,” he said.
Explaining why such people get away, Singh said the ‘kanoon’ (law) is weak and that in the past, the investigating agency could not gather enough evidence against Naik.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in the city, Singh said this time around, the investigating agencies will make a watertight report against Naik. Singh also stressed that Naik’s funding has to be looked into by the investigating agencies.
“The government of India is investigating the entire gamut of Naik’s activities. They are looking into all the facets of the case,” said Singh.
“Naik’s name has cropped up time and again in past terror cases in Maharashtra. He was involved in a religious conversion programme in Pune. In one of the cases, his statement was also recorded when KP Raghuvanshi was the ATS chief,” Singh said.
He said in 1960s and 1970s, India failed to deal with the radical preaching going on in Kashmir and because of that, today the issue of radicalisation in Kashmir is boiling. He also said it is important to deal with radical preachers with an iron fist.
Citing an example of how people are misguided, Singh said Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was told he would go to heaven if he dies for God. While another Jihadi was taught that if he dies fighting for God, he can seek pardon for the sins of 70 of his relatives.