22 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: After facing criticism for having suspended an IAS poll official Mohammed Mohsin for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Sambalpur, the Election Commission of India has transferred the officer to Bengaluru with immediate effect.
Mohsin has been asked to leave Odisha and report to Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer.
“With reference to Commission’s Order No.464/OR/2019, dated 16.04.2019, it is further directed that the headquarters of Sh. Mohammed Mohsin, IAS (KN-1996), will be the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, Bengaluru in place of Sambalpur, Odisha with immediate effect,” the EC stated in its fresh order.
It is notable to mention here that Mohsin had been suspended for “not (having) acted in conformity with the ECI’s instructions” that have made an exception for SPG protectees like the Prime Minister. The 1996-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer had been deputed as a General Observer in Odisha and had checked the copter of PM Modi in Sambalpur on April 16, that had delayed the PM by 15 minutes.
Following backlash and criticism, Deputy Election Commissioner Dharmendra Sharma visited Odisha to further probe the matter and submit a detailed report.