The person probing India's biggest financial crimes has issued a gag order

  • The Enforcement Directorate has barred officers from interacting with the media.
  • Any deviation will amount to dereliction of duty and liable for punitive action, the order said.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is India's economic intelligence agency is responsible for enforcing the laws. Recently appointed director, Sanjay Mishra, has issued a gag order to the people in his department barring them from speaking to the media.

The latest circular from the agency warned that the Principal Director should be informed if any officer is seen interacting with the media. It also added that "any deviation from the order would amount to ‘dereliction of duty’ and would be liable for punitive action."

The ED is a central probe agency that probes for large-scale financial crimes like money laundering. The senior officials contend that sensitive information related to ongoing probes have been leaked to the press, and that led to the latest gag order.

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