Visiting Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock on Friday met union home secretary A K Bhalla, who is believed to have impressed upon him to take action on pending requests for Red Corner Notices, including against terror accused Zakir Naik, officials said.
Bhalla held a 30-minute meeting with Stock and is said to have conveyed to him the necessity to act on the pending RCN requests against fugitives avoiding Indian laws, according to a government official.
Stock also called on CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla where the duo discussed issues of “mutual interest”. Delays in issuing RCN remains an issue concerning the CBI as in many important cases these notices have been issued after a considerable wait, sources said.
Shukla had raised issues of the Interpol entertaining the plea from high-profile fugitives on issues like human rights violations resulting in delays, they said. They refused to divulge if it came up during the discussions between Shukla and Stock on Friday.
During 2016, 2017 and 2018, red corner notice requests sent to Interpol by the Central Bureau of Investigation were 91, 94 and 123, respectively, and notices published by Interpol were 87, 84 and 76, respectively.
Till July 15 this year, as many as 41 requests have been sent to Interpol and 32 have been published. “Among those against whom the Interpol is yet to issue the RCN include Zakir Naik,” another official said.