The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has suspended liquor baron Vijay Mallya's passport with immediate effect for four weeks on the recommendation of the Enforcement Directorate.
The government stated that Mallya's diplomatic passport would be revoked if he failed to respond within a week. Mallya, who is currently in the UK, has failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate thrice for questioning in connection with the money laundering case.
According to a media report, Mallya's passport has been suspended under the Passport Act, 1967 as he turned out to be "uncooperative". The Chairman of the non-operational Kingfisher Airlines had previously sought time till May when asked to present himself before the ED for the third consecutive time on 9 April. ED sources told the Indian Express,"This could lead to Mallya's deportation to India. We can now seek his deportation."
Additionally, the Supreme Court had asked Vijay Mallya to truthfully disclose all the details of his assets by 21 April, after the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks (PSBs) rejected his Rs 4,000-crore loan repayment proposal.