What is Interpol Red Corner notice ?

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The International Criminal Police Organization ICPO or INTERPOL, is an intergovernmental organization that  facilitates international police cooperation. It has 190 member countries.

Interpol has an annual budget of around 78 million Euros , most of which is provided through annual contributions by its membership of 190 countries. The organization's headquarters is in Lyon, France. 

INTERPOL is second largest political organization after the United Nations in terms of international representation. It has a staff of 756, representing 100 member countries.  Its current Secretary-General is Jurgen Stock.

Interpol Red Corner notice :

Interpol notice is an international alert used by police to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats to their counterparts around the world. At the  request of a member or an authorised international entity, the Interpol circulates the Interpol Red Corner notice to all member states.

The information disseminated via notices concerns individuals wanted for serious crimes, missing persons, unidentified bodies, possible threats, prison escapes and criminals.

There are  eight types of Interpol notices,  seven of which are colour-coded by their function: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black, Orange, and Purple.  The most well-known notice is the Red Notice as it is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today.

Types of Interpol Notices
Red Notice It seeks the location and arrest of a person wanted by a judicial jurisdiction or an international tribunal with a view to his/her extradition.
Blue Notice It seeks  to locate, identify or obtain information on a person of interest in a criminal investigation.
Green Notice It seeks to warn about a person’s criminal activities if that person is considered to be a possible threat to public safety.
Yellow Notice It seeks to locate a missing person or to identify a person who is unable to identify himself/herself.
Black Notice It seeks information on unidentified bodies.
Orange Notice It seeks to warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing an imminent threat and danger to persons or property.
Purple Notice It seeks to  provide information on modi operandi, procedures, objects, devices or hiding places used by criminals.
Interpol-United Nations Security Council Special Notice It seeks to inform Interpol’s members that an individual or an entity is subject to UN sanctions.

Revocation of a passport 

Since Vijay Mallya  failed to present himself before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) hat has summoned him three times, MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) revoked the passport of Vijay Mallya under Section 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of the Passports Act, 1967. The decision was taken after Mallya failed to respond to a notice issued ten days back when his passport was suspended.

The passport authority may revoke a passport or travel document if the passport authority is satisfied that the holder of the passport or travel document is in wrongful possession. The passport may be impounded if the holder of the passport or travel document has failed to comply with a notice.

On the revocation of a passport or travel document under this section the holder of the passport shall, without delay, surrender the passport or travel document, to the authority by whom it has been revoked or to such other authority as may be specified in this behalf in the order of revocation.

A passport being revoked would mean that the government of india can now make a move to have him extradited from the country of his residence but in this case India will have to put up a solid request in order to have him extradited as Vijay Mallya has a UK residence which means he can continue living in the UK even if his Indian passport is revoked.


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