Congress, AAP Question Suspension of IAS Officer over Modi’s Chopper Check

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“What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see,” Congress asked.

NEW DELHI (Agencies) — Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel on Thursday asked the Election Commission (EC) why did it suspend a General Observer for allegedly checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur on Tuesday.

“There have been instances where during polls the EC was allowed to check convoys of both current and former Congress Presidents. The Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees can’t be frisked personally, reports IANS.

“Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some,” Patel tweeted.

“The question is simple. If SPG protectees of the Congress party can be subjected to inspection, why is the same not applicable to the BJP,” he asked.

“An official was suspended by ECI for doing his job of inspecting vehicles. The rule cited governs the use of official vehicles for campaigning. It does not exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched,” the party said in a tweet.

“What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see,” it asked.

 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was also checked by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela on Tuesday.

A similar check was carried out on Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper at Sambalpur Tuesday, sources said.

The Aam Aadmi Party also took a jibe at Modi in a tweet.

“Suspension of the officer who checked PM’s helicopter. The chowkidar lives in his own protected shell! Is the Chowkidar trying to hide something,” it asked.

Modi was learnt to have been held up at Sambalpur for nearly 15 minutes because of Mohsin’s “actions”.

The EC on Wednesday suspended General Observer Mohammed Mohsin for allegedly checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur on Tuesday.

A Karnataka cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Mohsin was deputed as a General Observer working under the supervision of the poll panel in Odisha.

 

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