Interpol has issued 6 recent Red Corner Notices at India’s request, ranging from Mehul Choksi to the alleged killer of Sidhu Moose Wala


Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against Satinderjeet Singh alias Goldy Brar, who claimed responsibility for the assassination of Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala, this week, bringing the inquiry into Punjabi musician Sidhu Moose Wala’s death to a global level.

Currently, Goldy Brar resides in Canada. According to Punjab Police, he is a resident of Sri Muktsar Sahib who moved to Canada on a student visa in 2017 and is a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. Brar had been served with a Red Corner Notice in two previous cases.

The CBI, which acts as the country’s contact with Interpol, stated that the Punjab Police requested the Red Corner Notice against Brar on May 30, a day after the singer was killed, as opposed to the state police’s allegation that the request was sent on May 19.

The Red Corner Notice informs law enforcement authorities in 195 Interpol member nations that a fugitive wanted by a requesting member country has been located and detained. A Red Corner Notice is neither mandatory nor a pre-requisite for sending an extradition request, according to the CBI, especially when the subject’s location is known.

Here are some of the most well-known and current names against whom India has issued Red Corner Notices:

After Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against him at India’s request, gangster Rajendra Shetty alias Bannanje Raja was apprehended in Casablanca, Morocco, and deported to Karnataka. He is accused of 44 major criminal offences, including murder, extortion, and kidnapping.

Bannanje Raja was sentenced to life in prison in April by the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) Special Court in connection with the murder of BJP leader and industrialist RN Nayak.

Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice in July 2018 on absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is being investigated for a $2 billion PNB fraud.

Modi, his wife, brother, and uncle, who are all named in the CBI FIRs, departed the country in the first week of January 2018, only weeks before the country’s greatest banking scandal broke.

Since his capture in March 2019, the fugitive diamond seller has being held at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London. His bail request had been denied for the seventh time as of October 2020.

On the basis of a request from the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its investigation into the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, Interpol issued an RCN against fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s wife Ami Modi, a US citizen, in August 2020.

Interpol had issued a notice against Nehal Modi, Nirav Modi’s brother, on suspicions of money laundering in September of the previous year, again at the behest of the ED.

Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice on absconding billionaire Mehul Choksi in December 2018, accusing him of defrauding the state-run Punjab National Bank of Rs 13,000 crore in alleged collusion with his nephew Nirav Modi.

Choksi, who disappeared in the first week of January 2018 after he and his companies defrauded a bank of Rs 7,000 crore, has become an Antiguan citizen.

Ravi Pujari, a gangster wanted in India for a number of terrible crimes including murder and extortion, was extradited from Senegal in February 2020. Pujari was apprehended in South Africa after a joint operation with Senegal. He was a former close associate of India’s most wanted man and architect of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, Dawood Ibrahim, and gangster Chhota Rajan. The mobster was accused of being involved in at least 97 criminal crimes in Karnataka, including 47 in Bengaluru, according to an RCN.

Following an Interpol Red Corner Notice, gangster Rajan Sadashiv Nikalje, aka Chhota Rajan, was arrested and deported to India from Indonesia in October 2015. Rajan, a former member of D-Company, parted with Dawood Ibrahim over communal issues following the 1993 Mumbai bombings. He is currently detained in Super High Security Jail No. 2 at Tihar Jail. The CBI is currently looking into 80 instances against him.