Bhubaneswar: A Karnatak cadre IAS officer in Odisha was suspended by the Election Commission (EC) yesterday over allegedly checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chopper in Sambalpur and violating protocol. According to the Commission, Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996 batch IAS officer didn’t follow protocol for checking Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees. As per the guidelines of EC, SPG protectees are exempted from such inspection.
The EC order reads,
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.
PM Modi reportedly reached Sambalpur to address a rally when a team of election officials including Mohsin allegedly started inspecting his chopper. It’s further reported that the prime minister was delayed for around 20 minutes because of the abrupt checking.
As per reports, the poll panel had asked for a report from the district collector and the deputy inspector general of police after the incident.
Recently, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was also inspected by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela. Similarly, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper was also checked at Sambalpur.