Bureaucrat suspended for checking Modi’s chopper
The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who has ordered to check Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter in Odisha's Sambalpur on Tuesday. In accordance with the election body's order, Mohammed Mohsin, the poll officer had not acted in conformity with instructions on Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees.
Into details, PM Modi's helicopter was checked after he arrived for an election meeting in Odisha for the BJP cadre in the state. "As cited in the order...instruction dated 10.4.14 states that SPG protectees are excluded from checking,” said an Election Commission spokesperson. The instructions read: "There shall be a total and absolute ban on the use of official vehicles for campaigning, electioneering or election-related travel."
Other the other hand, it was said that the EC itself has given orders to poll officials to conduct surprise checks on vehicles of prominent leaders. Similar checking was carried out for Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's chopper at Sambalpur on Tuesday by the flying squad.
This incident has garnered mixed criticism from the netizens on social media. A few of them praised the poll official for doing his duty honestly, many other BJP supporters opined that PM should be spared from such surprise checks pertaining to his busy schedules.