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Sambalpur EC observer suspended for violating instructions on SPG protectees

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Election Commission has suspended its general observer for Sambalpur in Odisha for violating its instructions that SPG protectees should not be checked.

While there was was no official word from either the EC or the government, it is learnt that Mohammed Mohsin, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer, had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

Modi had addressed a rally in Sambalpur on Tuesday.

An order issued by the EC on Tuesday said, general observer for Sambalpur, Mohammad Mohsin, acted in violation of existing instructions of EC.

"It has been laid down that SPG protectees are exempted from checking. He should have known the instruction being an observer. The reason for suspension is dereliction of duty," a source said.

The order exempting SPG protectees, including the PM, was issued in April 2014.

"Taking cognizance of the matter and based on available facts, the observer was placed under suspension and removed from the observer duty," an EC official said.

The commission has now deputed Deputy Election Commissioner Dharmendra Sharma to visit Sambalpur to conduct a detailed inquiry and furnish a report in two days.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 22:45 IST