KOLLAM: A marital discord between a US-based Kerala couple has resulted in an Interpol red notice against the wife, now trying to lead a normal life with her child in Kollam. For the last five years, Sreelatha Nair has been in the Interpol red notice list for the most wanted, issued by the US enforcement agency for prosecution, to serve a sentence. She was the only woman in the list of six Malayalees against whom enforcement agencies of other countries had issued red notices.
When “Express” traced the woman to her native place, her family members were surprised to know that her name was still in the Interpol list and why the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the nodal agency for the Interpol in India, did not remove her from the list even after the intelligence agencies twice questioned her and collected details from her.
“We don’t know why they have not removed her name from the list. In fact, we don’t know what major offence she has committed so that her name figure in the most wanted list. It is really absurd. My daughter got married to the US-based Madhu R Nair in 1997. After the marriage, she went with him to the US. However, issues developed between them and she got divorced from him legally from the courts in US and Kollam.”Madhu had lodged a false complaint against my daughter in 2006 when she came to India with her son for his treatment. Though they came to India with his permission, he complained to the US police against her,” said Leela S, mother of Sreelatha. However, the relatives of Madhu said he was forced to lodge a complaint against Sreelatha with the US police because she left the US without informing him, also taking their son with her. “Sreelatha never informed him about her plans to take away the child, and she has been booked for parental kidnapping in the US. The US Embassy in India has been informed about the development and the Interpol notice against her is still valid,” they added. When enquired, a CBI officer said there were certain procedures for the agency to remove a name from the Interpol red notice list. “Only when the foreign enforcement agency concerned clears the name officially through the Interpol for removal, we can remove it. In this case, it seems that the agency has not given their official consent,” the officer added.