ECI suspends IAS Officer for inspecting PM’s Convoy in Odisha


NF Bureau:  The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday suspended Karnataka-cadre IAS officer & General Observer Mohammed Mohsin for trying to inspect PM Modi’s Convoy in Sambalpur, Odisha on Tuesday.

The ECI noted that Mohsin’s act was in violation with the guidelines for SPG protectees. He is a Secretary of Backward Classes Welfare Department. The disciplinary action was taken against him on the basis of recommendations of Odisha CEO Surendra Kumar following a report submitted by the District Election Officer and Sambalpur DIG.

The IAS Officer will be put in the District Headquarters in Sambalpur until further instructions.

Earlier, an Election Flying Squad inspected Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Helicopter in Rourkela where he had cooperated with the officials patiently. Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy’s Chopper was also subjected to scrutiny.

However, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was seen arguing and lashing out at the EC Official and Cops when they were trying to inspect his Chopper and a sealed suitcase.

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