Kochi: Kerala police on Monday hastened procedures to arrest the absconding actor Vijay Babu who was recently accused of sexually assaulting a young actress.
The Police has sought assistance from Interpol to nab the actor-producer who is presently untraceable and is evading arrest by hiding in Dubai.
The development came after Police received information that the accused is trying to use his influence with some film personalities to compel the survivor to withdraw her complaint, sources said.
“We will forward the arrest warrant issued by the magistrate court in Kerala to the Interpol and the Dubai Police through the Union Home Ministry,” said a Kerala Police officer.
All phone numbers which could be used by Vijay Babu in Dubai are already under the surveillance of the Cyber Cell of the Kerala Police.
Meanwhile, more people have approached the Kerala Police expressing their willingness to give statements about his shady activities.
The financial dealings of Babu are already under the scanner. A probe is on into the many financial deals carried out under the cover of Babu's film production company, Friday Film house.
The statements of the complainant actress too had hinted at such fraudulent financial dealings.
The probe team has also obtained evidence of Vijay Babu exploiting young aspiring actresses to influence rich expatriates so that they invest in film production.
Earlier too Vijay Babu was accused of financial wrongdoings.
While he was an official at an entertainment channel, there had been a complaint of embezzlement.
But Sandra Thomas, who had been a witness in the case, later became his business partner.
The authorities of the entertainment channel had to withdraw the complaint after Sandra refrained from giving evidence against him.
Meanwhile, a probe has also been initiated against a Keralite entrepreneur who allegedly tried to settle the sexual assault case by giving money.
The police have obtained evidence that the entrepreneur had led the attempts to blackmail the actress, who filed the complaint, and another woman, who was set to give the complaint, to retract their allegations.
It was after checking the phone call records of this entrepreneur that the police got information on Vijay Babu's location.
The probe officers have confirmed that Interpol has issued a Blue Corner notice to arrest Vijay Babu and bring him back to India.