Kuala Lumpur: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, booked by the Enforcement Directorate for money laundering, claimed investigating agencies were "desperately" trying to get "something to stick on him" on the instructions of their "political bosses".
Zakir Naik levelled the allegation in response to the ED trying to get a Red Corner Notice issued against him.
In a statement issued in Mumbai, Naik asked "why are the Indian agencies getting so desperate? Desperate to comply with the instructions of their political bosses?"
"It surely cannot be a desperation to serve justice because they're not sure of the charges themselves. But this desperation is shameful, and it shows in the way they keep shifting focus from one angle to another, from terror to money laundering, just to make something stick on me," his statement added.
"If the Supreme Court of India gives me in writing that I will not be arrested and jailed until I am convicted, I will return to India, and I will return today," he said.
Naik, reportedly in Malaysia, further claimed he was trying to clear his name from the "fictitious charges by Indian agencies", adding that investigating agencies were continuing an exercise "steeped in injustice and unfairness".
"The objective of all their actions seems to be to put me behind bars without trial and without hearing," he alleged.
Last month, the ED filed a chargesheet against Naik on charges of laundering criminal money to the tune of Rs 193 crore and creating illegal real estate assets in India and abroad.
Naik was booked by the ED in 2016 based on a National Investigation Agency FIR that was registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.