04 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

ED gives gag order

They say the ship of state is the only ship that leaks at the top! Concerned about its sleuths leaking sensitive information about ongoing investigations to the media, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued an order that virtually gags its officials at its headquarters. ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra has reportedly directed his officers to stay away from “unwarranted interaction” with the media or face “punitive action”. According to sources, Mr Mishra has issued a circular stating: “It has been observed that certain information relating to ongoing investigations have been published in the media. This information relating to impending action may jeopardise the interests of ongoing investigations.” Mr Mishra also stated that an earlier circular issued last year on the issue was “not followed in the right spirit”. ED headquarters handles some of the most high-profile cases involving money laundering and hawala transactions, besides overseeing investigation conducted by zonal centres of ED across the country. These naturally evoke keen media interest. But the ED succeed in implementing the order considering the directive hasn’t worked on previous occasions? And what about instances when it might work to the ED’s advantage to let the media

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