NEW DELHI: The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Monday issued a red corner notice (RCN) against diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.
The global notice, which empowers 192 member-countries to provisionally arrest a suspect, will make it difficult for Nirav Modi to travel freely as he has been doing.
However, red isn’t the only colour on Interpol’s crime palette—it boasts of a veritable rainbow. So what do the different colour codes mean:
Orange Notice: Warns of an event, a person, an object or a process representing an imminent threat and danger to persons or property—read impending terrorist threat or attack.
Blue Notice: Issued to locate, identify or obtain information on a person of interest in a criminal investigation.
Black Notice: Issued for help in identification and information on unidentified bodies.
Green Notice: To warn about a person’s criminal activities if that person is considered to be a possible threat to public safety. It is also issued to provide warnings and intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries.
Yellow Notice: Used to locate a missing person, especially minors or kidnapped children, including parental abductions or to identify a person unable to identify himself/herself – especially useful if there is a possibility that the person might travel, or be taken, abroad.
Purple Notice: Seeks or provides information on modus operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.
Interpol-UN Security Council Special Notice: Light blue in colour, it was introduced in 2005 and is issued for individuals and entities that are subject to sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, such as assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.