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MEA revokes passport of Malayalam actor, accused of rape; police to issue red notice

The police had earlier also issued a lookout notice against Vijay Babu, who faces another case on charges of exposing the identity of the rape survivor.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: May 21, 2022 7:39:14 am
Vijay Babu returned to Kochi on Wednesday, a day after the high court granted him protection from arrest. (File)

Kerala Police on Friday said a red notice would be issued against Malayalam producer-actor Vijay Babu, booked in a rape case, if he fails to turn up before police by May 24. The Ministry of External Affairs has cancelled actor’s passport, said police.

Last month, Kochi city police registered a rape case against Babu based on a complaint from a young woman actor. Subsequently, the actor left for the United Arab Emirates. Police had also issued a lookout notice against Babu, who faced another case on charges of exposing the identity of the rape survivor.

“We have got information that he had left Dubai for another country. If he fails to report before the police by May 24, we would initiate steps to get a red corner notice against the actor,’’ Kochi city police commissioner C H Nagaraju, said.

The External Affairs Ministry has cancelled the actor’s passport following a report from the police, he said.

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Police suspect that the absconding actor might have moved to a country where no extradition treaty exists with India.

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