New Delhi, Mar 4: The government on Monday suspended the passport of arms dealer Suresh Nanda, alleged to have received kickbacks in defence deals, by four more weeks pending a decision on CBI's plea for revocation of his travel document.
The decision to further suspend his passport was conveyed to CBI by Consular of Passport and Visa section of the Ministry of External Affairs. The External Affairs Ministry issued the order on Monday for suspension of his travel document under section 10-A of the Indian Passport Act, sources said. The Centre had on January 30 suspended the passport of Nanda, son of former Naval chief SM Nanda, for four weeks, which expired on Monday.
The four-week suspension of Nanda's passport, alleged to be a middleman for various defence deals like Barak Anti-Missile System acquired from Israel, and armoured recovery vehicles being investigated by CBI, would enable the External Affairs Ministry to examine the agency's plea of revoking the travel document of the arms dealer.
Nanda has denied any wrongdoing or having received any kickbacks in any of the deals. Besides suspension of the passport, the government had issued an alert to all passport authorities, immigration checkpoints in India, Indian Missions abroad as well as other authorities concerned in this regard.