New Delhi: A day after Jet Airways grounded its operations completely, the airline issued a gag order to its employees asking them to refrain from speaking to the media.

“We are currently at a critical stage of our bid process that is being led by our lenders. We urge you to refrain from engaging with the media and let the task of interaction with external stakeholders (especially the media) be restricted to our colleagues at corporate communication team,” the mail sent by the airline late on Thursday read.

Earlier on Thursday, scores of airline staff from across the departments gathered at Jantar Mantar in the national capital to appeal to the government for doing “something” for reviving the carrier. The staff from across various departments, including engineering, maintenance, guest relations and security took part in the protests.

As per reports, the airline’s revival now depends on successful stake sale initiated by the lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI). In an official statement, the airline lenders led by the SBI has said that they were ‘reasonably hopeful’ that the stake sale process would succeed and determine fair value of the enterprise.

Pivate equity firms TPG Capital, Indigo Partners and the NIIF and Etihad Airways were in the race to buy a stake in the grounded carrier, IANS reported.

Meanwhile, senior managers of the airline have started sending formal emails to employees advising them to stay at home. “Rotation shifts are being discontinued except third party roster. All other personnel are asked to report in general shift. Declared holidays may be utilized except for the third party roster,” one of Jet Airways’ manager in Delhi wrote to the subordinates.

Sending out the advisory, he told staff that such a suggestion was based on information from his boss and that formal mails will follow soon. “Stores, tool room and GSD will remain operational. Night support will be for store and tool room on skeletal basis,” the manager wrote.

(With agency inputs)