LS POLLS: Official who searched PM chopper suspended for violation of protocol rules

BHUBANESWAR: An election officer in Odisha has been suspended from service by the Election Commission, after he checked the chopper which carried Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Sambalpur this week for electioneering. He is charged with violating the protocol.
The official, Mohammed Mohsin, started checking the copter after the PM got down from the aircraft. As a result, the PM had to wait for about 20 minutes at the landing pad. This search was against the guidelines of EC relating to SPG-protected VVIPs. They are exempted from such inspection.

This action of the official is seen in the context of a furore from the Congress party’s side about PM Modi carrying suspicious bags while on campaign trip, as was noticed in Karnataka some days ago. The security officials had clarified that these bags carried security equipment, but the Congress party was not satisfied. Its suspicion is that the PM carried election funds for his BJP.
Mohsin is a 1996-batch Karnataka cadre IAS official, who was deputed to Odisha for election duty this time. 

The election commission said in its suspension order, “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.”
However, in similar cases, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was searched some days ago by an EC flying squad in Rourkela.  Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper was also searched in Sambalpur.
Mohsin hails from Patna, Bihar. He had his primary education from Mohammedan Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School there and studied Economics at Magadh University and a Masters of Commerce from the Patna University. He held various positions with the Karnataka government, starting his career as sub divisional magistrate in Kundapur district, a report noted. 

He reportedly had expressed feelings against the BJP and its government at the Centre, a report said, quoting his social media posts.


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