New Delhi, 30 Apr : Red Corner Notice (RCN) is a notice issued by Interpol Headquarter, Lyon (France) to all member countries of Interpol at the request of a member country. The requesting country makes such a request when the fugitive wanted by it is suspected to be abroad and the competent court has issued a valid arrest warrant against the fugitive.
As soon as the arrest warrant becomes invalid or infructuous for any reason, the requesting country has no option but to get the RCN cancelled. If a fugitive, for any reason, is of the opinion that the arrest warrant against him is/has become invalid, he can also make a request to Interpol Headquarter for cancelling the RCN. In such a case, Interpol Headquarter forwards the representation to its Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files.
As on 1.1.2008, there were 556 valid RCNs in Interpol database issued at the request of India. By 31.12.2008, 34 more RCNs were got issued on the request of Indian law enforcement agencies. During this period, i.e. 1.1.2008 to 31.12.2008, as many as 83 RCNs have been got cancelled or withdrawn by India for various reasons.
# The reasons for getting various RCNs cancelled or withdrawn can be briefly summarized as follows : (a) When the fugitive is produced before the court consequent to his arrest or surrender or extradition or deportation.
# (b) When the fugitive has died.
# (c) When the arrest warrant against the fugitive has been quashed or has become invalid.
# (d) When the RCN has been held to be invalid/against the Interpol’s Charter by Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files.