Suspension of IAS officer, who checked Modi’s copter, revoked

Suspension of IAS officer, who checked Modi’s copter, revoked

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New Delhi, Apr 26: Though the Election Commission revoked Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin's suspension on Thursday, a short while after the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) stayed the decision, he has to face disciplinary action and was debarred from election duties as ‘he had not acted in conformity with the instructions of Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees', before ordering Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter to be checked.

The Election Commission, in its order, stated that Mr Mohsin’s suspension has been revoked and he has to report to the Karnataka government. The Commission stated that it has received a factual report from Deputy Election Commissioner Dharmendra Sharma and “recommending to the Karnataka government for initiating disciplinary action on the basis of the factual report” and “debarring Mr Mohsin from election duty with immediate effect until further orders”. Mr Mohsin was suspended on April 17, after the poll body found that the IAS officer was guilty of ‘dereliction of duty’, after he had ordered to check Mr Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in his capacity as general election observer.

However, earlier on Thursday the CAT had stayed this order and asked the poll body to give its response within four weeks and to take up the matter on June 3. "During an election process, while reasonable assurances of protection and security must be made available to SPG Protectees, it cannot be said that they are eligible for anything and everything", the CAT observed. Opposition parties had come out against the poll body’s decision to suspend the IAS officer and alleged that the Commission is working on behalf of the ruling party. (UNI)