The Telangana government Saturday suspended Vikarabad district Collector as per the directives of the Election Commission for allegedly unauthorisedly opening a strong room where EVMs used in the recent assembly polls in a particular constituency, were kept.
"The Election Commission has recommended to suspend hi...for unauthorisedly opening the strong room (where EVMs were kept) which he was not supposed to do, a senior state government official told PTI.
An election petition (vis-a-vis December 7 Assembly elections) was pending in courts involving the EVMs.
The Collectors explanation was that he was not aware about the election petition filed with regard to the particular assembly segment, the official said.
The Commission, however, did not agree with the explanation, he said.
The Congress had on February 2 demanded the suspension of the Collector after officials allegedly removed seals of the EVMs used in the polls to the constituency, the result of which has been challenged in court.
In a petition to the EC, he alleged that the officials' actions were in gross violation and in defiance of the instructions of the Election Commission "with malafide intentions with an ulterior motive to defeat the due legal process to deny me justice."
He requested the EC to immediately place the officers under suspension and order an enquiry.
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