Main­tain dis­tance from CM, govt tells scribes; re­tracts

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARVANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

ROHTAK Jour­nal­ists in Sonepat were told to main­tain their dis­tance from chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar, “or they will be re­spon­si­ble for ...out­come of any neg­li­gence in this re­gard”.

On Tues­day evening, Sonepat district in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer is­sued a no­tice – later with­drawn — to jour­nal­ists telling them that they must not go near the CM to take his bites (in­ter­view/com­ment) in­di­vid­u­ally and can talk to him only in groups. The dik­tat comes days af­ter Khat­tar was seen evad­ing jour­nal­ists’ ques­tions on Gurgaon Po­lice’s han­dling of the Ryan mur­der case.

The no­tice went on to ask scribes to main­tain a cer­tain dis­tance from the CM, dur­ing his press con­fer­ences, due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

“Jour­nal­ists take their cam­eras and mikes too close to the CM, which is not right from the se­cu­rity point of view and also causes in­con­ve­nience to the CM,” the no­tice read.

Soon af­ter it was cir­cu­lated, the depart­ment re­tracted it in an email to scribes with­out as­sign­ing any rea­son.


Late on Tues­day, Haryana women and child de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Kavita Jain tweeted that Sonepat DPRO, who is­sued the no­tice, had been sus­pended.

She added the no­tice was an at­tempt to spoil the im­age of the gov­ern­ment.

Re­porters can­not run af­ter the CM to take his in­di­vid­ual bite once he has ad­dressed the me­dia. NO­TICE FROM SONEPAT DPRO, this was later with­drawn

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