Wednesday 24 April 2024

What’s the difference between red corner notice & look out notice?

 In Indian law, Red Corner Notices (RCNs) and Lookout Circulars (LOCs) are both issued by the law enforcement agencies, but they serve different purposes:

  1. Red Corner Notice (RCN):
    • RCN is issued by Interpol at the request of a member country.
    • It is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.
    • RCN is issued against a person who has committed a serious criminal offense and is wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence in the requesting country.
    • RCN is based on a valid national arrest warrant issued by the requesting country.
  2. Lookout Circular (LOC):
    • LOC is issued by Indian law enforcement agencies such as the police or investigating agencies.
    • It is a preventive measure used to monitor, track, and restrict the movement of a person who is either wanted by the police for questioning or is a suspect in a case under investigation.
    • LOC can be issued against any person, including individuals involved in civil disputes or financial irregularities, apart from criminal offenses.
    • LOC is not an international warrant, but a domestic tool used to prevent a person from leaving the country.

In essence, while both RCNs and LOCs are used to locate individuals, an RCN is issued at an international level for extradition purposes based on a valid national arrest warrant, while an LOC is a domestic tool used by Indian law enforcement agencies to monitor and restrict the movement of individuals within the country.

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