As the probe against former IPL chief Lalit Modi gains momentum, a notice has been issued to him for revocation of his passport with the government on Friday warning that appropriate action would be taken if no reply is received by October 28.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said notice was issued to Modi on October 13 with 15-day time line but till Thursday no reply was received.
The External Affairs Ministry received a request from the Enforcement Directorate on October 5, seeking revocation of Modi's passport in "public interest in general and in the interest of thorough investigation" into alleged irregularities in the IPL.
Modi holds a passport issued in Mumbai in July 2008 and the notice had been issued by the Regional Passport Officer of Mumbai, she told reporters when asked whether the MEA had taken any action on the ED's request.
Modi was issued a show cause notice on October 13 asking him to "explain why action under relevant sections of Passports Act 1967 should not be initiated" against him, Rao said.