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Action on officer who checked Modi’s helicopter put on hold

PTI
Published : Apr 26, 2019, 4:07 am IST
Updated : Apr 26, 2019, 5:57 am IST

The bench also ordered an issue of notice to the EC and “four others” and posted the matter for further hearing on June 6.

The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was  suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter  in Odisha’s Sambalpur in  ‘violation’ of norms for dealing with SPG protectees. (Photo: AFP)
 The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in ‘violation’ of norms for dealing with SPG protectees. (Photo: AFP)

Bengaluru: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) bench here on Thursday stayed the Election Commission order suspending IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha.

The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in “violation” of norms for dealing with SPG protectees and sent back to the state.

 

The CAT maintained that during an election process while reasonable assurances of protection and security must be made available to SPG protectees, it cannot be said: “they are eligible for anything and everything.”

The bench also ordered an issue of notice to the EC and “four others” and posted the matter for further hearing on June 6.

Mohsin had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of the Prime Minister during his campaign visit and the EC had said he had acted in violation of its existing instructions.

In its order, CAT member (Judicial) Dr K B Suresh noted there was a circular regarding the SPG protectees that they are exempted from certain examinations on certain grounds.

 

“We will not go into the SPG protectees guidelines as per the bluebook right now, but the rule of law must prevail,” he said.

The CAT also took note of the plea of the applicant’s counsel who said there were news about heavy packages unloaded from prime minister’s cavalcade being taken away in other vehicle.

Questions were raised but apparently no action followed, it said.

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