Vijay Mallya
ED recommendation gets Vijay Mallya's passport suspended. Picture: Vijay Mallya speaking at a Kingfisher event. [Representational Image]Reuters

Working on the recommendation of India's law enforcement agency Enforcement Directorate (ED), the external affairs ministry on Friday suspended Vijay Mallya's passport for four weeks, according to ANI.

The investigative agency had slapped charges against Mallya under the money laundering act and had sent three summon notices to appear before it.

As a matter of proceedings, it was reported that any individual skipping the ED's summons for three times in row will either have their passport annulled or a non-bailable warrant issued. The ED had warned the same on April 9, when Mallya had missed his third summons notice for appearance. He had instead sent a written reply asking extension till the end of May to file a reply to the notice sent.

The ED on April 11 had approached the Delhi passport Office asking it to revoke his passport as an action against his non-appearance before it. Mallya was charged with non-cooperation with the investigation, while unable to offer "reasonable justification for skipping summons thrice."