Speaking to Silverscreen India, CH Nagaraju, Kochi City Police Commissioner, says that the police department has asked the External Affairs Ministry to inform the embassy of the accused’s destination country to cancel his visa, as well. “Once the passport is impounded, visa also gets cancelled. So, if the destination country cancels his visa, they can deport him back to India. Besides, we are also getting information that he is likely to have fled Dubai,” he adds.
It may be noted that a female actor from Kozhikode filed the complaint on April 22, alleging that Babu had physically abused and sexually exploited her between March 13 and April 14, this year.
After the news about the sexual assault allegation broke out, the producer went live on Facebook and spoke about the matter. He flouted the law and openly named the survivor. Thus, another case was also registered against Babu for revealing the identity of a rape victim.
On the other hand, Babu had moved the Kerala High Court seeking pre-arrest bail in the rape case. Meanwhile, the commissioner confirmed that Babu had fled to Dubai from Bengaluru on April 24. He further said that Babu has not returned, as yet, but they are expecting for him to surrender before the law.
The accused had reportedly sent an e-mail to the police seeking time until May 19 to appear for interrogation, informing them that he was abroad for business purposes. When the police responded to the e-mail and directed him to share his location, Babu did not reply.
Later, a Blue Corner notice, was issued to Interpol to extradite the accused. This is an enquiry notice issued to track, identify or obtain information about an accused who is absconding, and it is issued to the country where the criminal is currently suspected to be hiding.