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IAS officer on poll duty suspended for checking Narendra Modi's chopper in Odisha

The poll panel said the officer didn't follow the protocol for checking Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees.

ET Online|
Updated: Apr 18, 2019, 01.26 PM IST
A poll officer from Odisha was suspended by the Election Commission for allegedly checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chopper in Sambalpur. The action was in violation of norms.

Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, didn't follow the protocol for checking Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees, the poll panel said. According to EC guidelines, SPG protectees are exempted from such checking.

“The commission has considered the material available before it and, prima facie, has found dereliction of duty. It found Mohsin’s action was contrary to its instruction concerning SPG protectees.”

According to reports, the prime minister's arrival was delayed for around 15 minutes because of the sudden checking. When Modi reached Sambalpur to address a rally, a team of poll officials, including Mohsin, inspected his chopper.

“A team of poll officials led by Mohsin inspected some papers in the chopper carrying PM Modi. The inspection delayed the PM’s arrival at the meeting place by around 20 minutes. This was reported to the Election Commission,” a senior police officer, who was at the Sambalpur airstrip, told ToI.

EC had asked for a report from the district collector and the deputy inspector general of police after the incident.

As per a PTI report, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's helicopter was also checked by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela. A similar check was also carried out on Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's chopper at Sambalpur.

(Inputs from PTI)

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