IAS officer who searched PM’s chopper suspended

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The IAS officer, who searched Prime Minister’s Helicopter at Sambalpur in Odisha on Tuesday was suspended today was suspended by the Election Commission.

According to an Election Commission(EC) communiqué, Mr Mohammed Mohsin , IAS “had not acted in conformity” with instructions on Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees.

But Congress citing rule book said that there is no rule that exempts anyone from such checks during polls.

Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, has been accused of “insubordination and dereliction of duty”. Reports say as a general observer of Sambalpur constituency, the officer had carried out a sudden check of PM Modi’s helicopter, which delayed the Prime Minister by 15 minutes.

Asked to specify the rule that had been violated, an Election Commission spokesperson said: “As cited in the order…instruction dated 10.4.14 states that SPG protectees are excluded from checking.”

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