CBI has asked Interpol to put pressure on Pakistan to handover international gangster Dawood Ibrahim believed to be hiding in that country.
CBI Director Vijay Shanker raised the issue with visiting Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble during a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, agency sources said in New Delhi.
Shanker told Noble that there were certain fugitives who have been charged with terrorism-related crime in India and who are at large for a long time, they said.
The CBI Director is understood to have drawn Noble's attention to certain fugitives, including Ibrahim, against whom Interpol notices exist but were apparently left free to continue their activities from neighbouring countries.
Replying to this, Noble told Shanker that no country should allow criminals against whom Interpol Red Corner notices and UN-Interpol special notices had been issued to roam free.
Noble said allowing such persons to roam and travel freely places all citizens at risk.
During the meeting, both Shanker and Noble also agreed that Interpol Red Corner Notice should be accorded greater legal validity and importance by INTERPOL's 186 member- countries in order to prevent free movement of criminals and to enable the law enforcement authorities bring these people to justice.
Noble underlined the importance of enhanced cooperation in the field of intellectual property rights, cyber crime and human trafficking, a CBI press release said.
The Interpol officer also highlighted the importance of India's putting in place the Mobile Interpol Network Database and Fixed Interpol Network Database which permit instantaneous comparison of travelers passports against Interpol's 14 million strong Stolen and Lost Travel Document database.