New Delhi, Nov 15: Sonipat District Administration on Wednesday issued a notification asking media personnel to maintain distance from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The decision has been taken in a view of security reasons.
The notification stated that microphones and cameras too close to Khattar are a security risk and that security personnel find it difficult to safeguard the Haryana CM each time members of the media begin interacting/questioning him.
Haryana: Sonipat District Administration issues notification barring media personnel from coming to close to the Chief Minister pic.twitter.com/P8lPg0ubE2
— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2017
The document further asserted that journalists should commence with group addresses rather than one-on-one interactions. Furthermore, the order states that journalists should not take byte more than once.
The letter ends with a warning that media persons will themselves be responsible in case of any negligence.
Reacting to this bizarre move, Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala called it a‘Tuglaki Farmaan’.
खट्टर सरकार का नया ‘तुग़लकी फ़रमान’!
क्या अब पत्रकार/ छायाकार सरकार को बिजली ‘करंट’ मारते हैं जो उन्हें दूर रहने का हुक्म? pic.twitter.com/OX3yBJSYs6
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 15, 2017
Surjewala said in tweet ” Khattar government’s new Tuglaki Farmaan and asked if journalists and photojournalists give electric shock to the government that they are ordered to stay away.