Ranchi: Criticising the Raghubar Das government's direction to take legal action against those interfering in government work, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Thursday termed it as a "gag order" and demanded its immediate withdrawal.
In a letter to the chief minister, JMM Working President Hemant Soren demanded its withdrawal within a week or the party would be compelled to resort to agitation.
"Now none of the representative of the people will dare expose any wrongdoing by any official for fear of being construed as misbehaviour and having their bodyguards withdrawn," the former chief minister said.
Soren was reacting to Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba's July 14 directive to all district administrations asking them to take legal actions against those interfering in government work and threatening officials and asked a review of police security being provided to such persons misbehaving with government officers and employees.
Soren, however, expressed fear that officials could become unrestrained taking the order as a garb.
"We too agree that government officials discharge their duties fearlessly. Let them get adequate security. But the existing laws are sufficient for (them)," Soren said in his letter to the chief minister, a copy of which was released to the media here.
Seeking to know why the administrative head felt it necessary to issue such an order, Soren said in his letter, "I feel, the government intends to gag the people's voice through such orders."