The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended a high-ranking poll observer deputed to Odisha on charges of “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees” — in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the ECI order, Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin was suspended for “actions contrary to the instructions of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” on April 16 — the day SPG protectee Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sambalpur to address an election rally.According to officials, Mohsin in the capacity of General Observer attempted to check the helicopter that brought the Prime Minister, reports The Indian Express.
A senior Odisha government official with direct knowledge of the matter said, “The PM had started addressing the rally. Mohsin approached the SPG stationed by the helicopter and requested a search. SPG demanded a document authorising him to do so. The search was allowed, but it delayed the PM’s departure by 20 minutes.”