New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah met the Interpol Secretary-General. In this meeting, he expressed concern about the delay in issuing red corner notice against the fugitives. In a conversation with Interpol Secretary-General Jürgen Stock, he emphasized the introduction of a long-term strategic action plan against drug trafficking, international terrorism, black money, and money laundering. Shah also raised the issue of fugitives like Zakir Naik, accused of terrorist activities.
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According to the Home Ministry, Home Minister Shah expressed concern over the delay in the publication of Red Corner notices and stressed the need for the speedy publication of such notices. Shah told Stock that with such cooperation, India is more strict in the case of high-profile fugitive economic criminals and terrorists. The Red Corner Notice is an international arrest warrant in which Interpol urges its member countries to arrest or detain fugitives.
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According to the Home Ministry data, during 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Central Bureau of Investigation sent requests to Interpol to issue 91, 94 and 123 Red Corners respectively and Interpol issued 87, 84 and 76 notices respectively. As of 15 July this year, 41 requests were sent to Interpol and 32 have been published.
Among those against whom Interpol has not issued the Red Corner Notice include Zakir Naik, who is accused of money laundering and hate speech to youths to carry out terrorist attacks. Naik is currently living in Malaysia. India on Saturday proposed to host the Interpol General Assembly in 2022 as part of the 75th-anniversary celebrations of the country's independence. Many criminals of India are hiding abroad.
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