New Delhi: The IAS officer, who was suspended for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambhalpur, has claimed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) did not seek his version before taking action against him. Stating that till date he doesn’t know under which section or law he was punished, he reportedly alleged the poll body of turning a deaf ear to his appeal.
“We are supposed to be the eyes and ears of the Election Commission…Yet, the EC acted on the district administration’s inputs, and did not seek my views,” Mohammad Mohsin told ThePrint. “I have no friends or enemies in any political party… I only go by rules, so I should at least be told which rule I have violated,” he added while asserting that the order no where bears the section or rule under which he was suspended.
The 1996 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer was suspended by the Commission on April 16 for ‘not acting in conformity with the EC’s instructions concerning SPG protectees’. The action was based on a report from the district collector and the DIG of police.
After the incident, Mohsin was attached to the Sambalpur headquarters. Currently, he has been attached with the chief electoral officer of Karnataka.
However on Thursday, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) stayed his suspension. Next hearing in the case has been scheduled for June 3.