Vijay Babu returns to Dubai from Georgia, Police speed up efforts to repatriate him to Kerala

Kochi: Actor-producer Vijay Babu who was reportedly on the run after being booked in a sexual assault case has reached Dubai on Monday. According to reports, he had moved to Georgia from Dubai after Kochi police sought the help of Dubai police to trace his location.

Sources confirmed that Vijay who was in Georgia returned to Dubai. The police have been taking efforts to take him to Kochi by Tuesday evening.

On Monday, the Kerala High Court declared that his anticipatory bail plea will be considered only after Vijay Babu produces his flight ticket to Kerala.

It was last month the complaint against him was registered and soon he fled to Dubai and after the Kochi City Police Commissioner CH Nagaraju took up the case, he slipped out of Dubai to Georgia, with whom India does not have an extradition treaty.

Vijay Babu, while in Dubai, had moved an anticipatory bail plea, but the Kerala High Court vacation bench decided to consider it after the summer recess break and though listed for March 18, it was taken up only on Monday, when the court said, to consider his petition, he has to produce his air ticket.

As his counsel said that he is ready to cooperate with the probe, but the court said he has to first come under their jurisdiction and asked for his ticket and posted the case for next week.

But Nagaraju said since Georgia does not have an Indian Embassy, he has got in touch with the Indian Embassy in Armenia who are trying to track him down.

Vijay Babu, according to police, is on the run after an actress from Kozhikode filed a complaint in Ernakulam on April 22 that she was raped and beaten up by him several times in a flat in Kochi.

(with inputs from IANS)

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