The Foreign Ministry on Friday said a complaint by a private individual was registered against an India-based Wall Street Journal journalist, but no decision has been taken by the government on his deportation.
The clarification from the ministry came after a media report claimed that the deportation of the WSJ's South Asia deputy bureau chief was under consideration.
"A complaint was registered against... by a private individual on government's Online Grievance Redressal platform. Referring the complaint to the related office is a routine matter as per standard procedure," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
"No such decision on deportation has been taken by the Ministry of External Affairs," he said.