Taking a stand in support of writer Aatish Ali Taseer in the stripping of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor said it was painful to witness an official spokesperson of the government making false claims.
Taking to Twitter, Shashi Tharoor said: "It is painful to see an official spokesperson of our government making a false claim that is so easily disproved".
He also highlighted a link to the report which claimed that Taseer's OCI card was being revoked after his article on Time Magazine criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling him 'Divider-in-Chief'.
"Govt so weak that it feels threatened by a journalist?" Tharoor asked.
The MHA is yet to respond after Taseer responded on Twitter claiming that he, in fact, replied and appealed for more time to respond to the matter concerning his OCI card.
Earlier, a home ministry spokesperson said Taseer becomes ineligible to hold an OCI card as it is not issued to any person whose parents or grandparents are Pakistanis and that he hid this fact.
As per the Citizenship Act, if the registration as an OCI Cardholder was obtained by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of any material fact, the registration as OCI cardholder shall be cancelled. The 38-year-old writer is the son of late Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer and Indian journalist Tavleen Singh.