New Delhi: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Thursday stayed the suspension of Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996 batch IAS officer. Mohsin was suspended by the Election Commission for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during an election rally in Odisha’s Sambalpur. The case will be heard now on June 3, said news agency ANI.

The Election Commission general observer, who was suspended for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in violation of norms for dealing with SPG protectees, was sent back to Karnataka, his cadre. The Commission had suspended him for violating its instructions that SPG protectees should not be checked. Mohsin had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of the Prime Minister last Tuesday.

An EC order of April 16 had said Mohsin acted in violation of existing instructions. “It has been laid down that SPG protectees are exempted from checking. Being an observer, he should have known the instruction. The reason for the suspension is a dereliction of duty,” said a source.

After the incident, Mohsin was attached to the Sambalpur headquarters. Currently, he has been attached with the chief electoral officer of Karnataka. The order exempting SPG protectees, including the PM, was issued in April 2014, EC said. The poll body took the action against Mohsin, the general observer of Sambalpur, on the basis of a report submitted by the district collector and deputy inspector general of police.

(With agency inputs)