The Kerala Police, as it had planned, on Tuesday initiated steps to issue a red corner notice against actor producer Vijay Babu, presently on the run after being accused of rape by an actress.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, Vijay Babu’s counsel produced his air ticket before the High Court, saying that the actor will land at Cochin airport on Monday morning.
According to sources in the know of things, on Tuesday, the Kerala Police got in touch with the state Home Department, which has asked the CBI – the nodal agency for Interpol in the country – to ensure that they take up the red corner notice, so as to bring back Vijay Babu who is now in Georgia.
The Kerala Police had given time for Vijay Babu to turn up before it, latest by 5 p.m on Tuesday, and if not, they will be issuing a red corner notice against him.
This fresh move comes a day after the Kerala High Court, taking up his anticipatory bail plea, said that it will be considered after he produces his air ticket and now that the ticket of his has been filed before the court on Tuesday evening, his petition will be taken up by the court on Wednesday.
It was last month the complaint against him was registered and soon he fled to Dubai and after Kochi City Police Commissioner C.H. Nagaraju took up the case, he slipped out of Dubai to Georgia, with whom India does not have an extradition treaty.
Vijay Babu, while in Dubai, had moved an anticipatory bail plea, but the Kerala High Court vacation bench decided to consider it after the summer recess break. Though listed for May 18, it was taken up only on Monday, when the court said, to consider his petition, he has to produce his air ticket.
As his counsel said that he is ready to cooperate with the probe, but the court said he has to first come under their jurisdiction and asked for the ticket of his and posted the case for next week.
Vijay Babu is on the run after the actress from Kozhikode filed a cmplaint in Ernakulam on April 22 that she was raped and beaten up by him several times in a flat in Kochi.
She has also accused the actor of giving her intoxicants before sexually abusing her.
Soon after the news surfaced, he appeared live on his social media handle claiming that he was the “real victim” in this case, adding that he would take appropriate legal steps against the complainant whom he also named.
The police, apart from the initial complaint, have registered a second case against the actor for disclosing the name of the complainant.