27 fugitives deported or extradited since 2016 by Interpol: Government
The Modi government has deported and extradited over 27 fugitives across the globe who were wanted in different cases by the Indian investigative agencies for their role in criminal, financial frauds and terrorism cases. These details were by shared by the government in Parliament.
The government has also given details of the number of Red Corner Notices (RCN) issued against these fugitives and wanted persons against whom extradition and deportation processes have been initiated.
Giving out the details, the Centre claimed that on the request of Central Bureau of Investigative, RCN was issued against 91 wanted persons in 2016, against 94 in 2017, against 123 in 2018 and till July 15, 2019, against 41 by the Interpol.
The maximum number of RCNs were requested by CBI was in 2018, a period which saw big bank frauds including $2 billion (roughly Rs 1.36 thousand crores) PNB scam. An extradition request against the prime accused in PNB Scam -- Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi, is pending before the Antigua and UK governments subsequently.
However, not every application by the CBI was entertained by the Interpol and after requests by the Indian nodal agency, RCNs were issued against 87 fugitives in 2016, 84 in 2017, 76 in 2018 and 32 in 2019 (till July 15).
After the issuance of RCNs, the government of India claims that the Interpol located 36 fugitives in 2016, 35 in 2017, 24 in 2018 and 16 in 2019.
27 fugitives including the AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, Rajeev Saxena, aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar and few terrorists were deported or extradited since 2016.
Extradited or Deported: Since 2016, 27 fugitives have been extradited or deported by Interpol