New Delhi, April 24: Acting on the recommendations of Enforcement Directorate to revoke the passport of of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Union Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that they have suspended the passport of Mallya for a period of four weeks. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup informed that the suspension is effective from April 15 of this month. Also Read - Dissent Cannot be Termed Seditious, Says Supreme Court; Junks Plea Against Farooq Abdullah

Speaking the media on Monday, Swarup said that the ministry had received the recommendation for revoking the passport of Mallya and based on documents provided by ED, the decision has been taken by the MEA in this regard. He said, ” On April 15th, MEA had suspended the passport of Vijay Mallya for a period of 4 weeks.” However, before revoking the passport, MEA had issued him a notice on why his passport should not be cancelled and sought his reply. He was also given one weeks to reply, but his replies were not satisfactory. ALSO READ: Government revokes Vijay Mallya’s passport Also Read - Is it Safe for 14-year-old to Terminate 26-week Pregnancy? SC asks Haryana Hospital

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Swarup added, “Vijay Mallya was given one week to respond as to why his passport should not be impounded or revoked. Having considered the replies filed by Vijay Mallya to the show cause notice, facts brought by ED, and non bailable warrant under the PMLA Act, 2002, the MEA revoked passport of Vijay Mallya under Sec 10(3)(c) and 10(3)(h) of Passports Act,1967.” Swarup also added that the ED also advised them to consider on initiating steps for Mallya’s deportation for which they are taking legal opinion.

The liquor baron has left the country a month back and even after being summoned by the court, the 60-year-old 900 crore state-run IDBI bank defaulter did not return to the country. Last month he extended his residing period in UK from the court, but did not return. According to the legal experts, as now Mallya’s  stay in United Kingdom is illegal, so the MEA is taking the help of British authorities for the deportation of the liquor baron to India.

Mallya can on the other hand appeal in High Court or Supreme Court, but he will have to return to India for this. In both the cases, now Mallya will have to return to India and he will have to answer the questions of ED from whom he has been hiding for the past couple of months.