The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday, 21 May, issued a gag order to all its officers, barring them from interacting with members of the press.
This, the ED claims, was done to prevent certain information relating to ongoing investigations from leaking, thereby ‘jeopradising’ the case.
In a circular, issued by ED director Sanjay Mishra, the agency warned its officers that any deviation from the order would amount to ‘dereliction of duty’ and would invite punitive action.
It was addressed to all SDEs and JDs in the ED headquarters, all officers and officials of HIU and all other DDs, ADs, EOs and AEOs in the headquarters.
Meanwhile, a source in the know told The Quint that the gag order was issued at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office. This, the source added, was in response to the recent exit polls, that predicted the return of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.
(More details awaited)
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