External Affairs Ministry has served a show cause notice on arms dealer Suresh Nanda, alleged to have received kickbacks in defence deals, asking him as to why his passport should not be revoked following a plea by the CBI.
The CBI, while pleading successfully for suspension of Nanda's passport for another month till March 30, had made a simultaneous plea to revoke his travel document permanently, ministry sources said in New Delhi.
The show-cause notice was served few days before his arrest on Saturday night from a five star hotel in Mumbai along with his son Sanjeev Nanda, his chartered accountant Bipin Shah and Deputy Director of Income tax Ashutosh Verma.
The CBI had taken the plea that his passport needed to be revoked in Public Interest after which the Ministry issued a notice under section 10 (3)(c) of the Indian Passport Act to show cause whey Nanda's travel document should not be revoked
Under Section 10 (3)(c), the Passport authority can deem it necessary to revoke the travel document in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of India, friendly relations of India with any foreign country, or in the interests of the general public.
Nanda was alleged by the CBI to have received kickbacks in defence deals including in purchase of Barak missiles from Israel and armoured recovery vehicles.