BIG: EC Suspends Officer For Committing The Terrible Crime of Searching PM Modi’s Helicopter in Odisha
Earlier this month, a suspicious black box was seen being offloaded from the PM's helicopter and rushed out in a private car in Chitradurga, Karnataka.
The Election Commission has reportedly suspended the Sambalpur General Observer, Mohammad Mohsin, after he searched Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter.
The Hindu reported that the inspection was done in Sambalpur, Odisha. The PM had addressed a rally in Sambalpur on April 16.
Per the order dated April 16, shared by a journalist on Twitter, the EC has cited acting “contrary to the instruction of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” as the reason behind Mohsin’s suspension.
Election Commission of India suspends Mohammed Mohsin, IAS KN (1996), General Observer for Sambalpur, for acting contrary to EC instructions on SPG protectees. Yesterday, PM Modi had addressed a political rally in Sambalpur #Odisha pic.twitter.com/vxn5y3S2yP
— Soumyajit Pattnaik (@soumyajitt) April 17, 2019
On April 8 in Chitradurga, Karnataka, a suspicious box was seen being offloaded from the PM’s helicopter. The big box was loaded on a private car that was not part of the PM’s convoy.
A mysterious box was unloaded from PM Modi’s helicopter at Chitradurga yesterday and loaded into a private Innova which quickly sped away. The #ElectionCommission should enquire into what was in the box and to whom the vehicle belonged. @ceo_karnataka pic.twitter.com/iudqT143Bv
— KPCC President (@KPCCPresident) April 13, 2019
The Congress party had raised an objection to the EC and had asked for the contents of the box to be inquired into.
After a few days of silence, the Bharatiya Janata Party had admitted that the black box was offloaded from the PM’s helicopter. KS Naveen, President of the Chitradurga unit of the BJP, had told Deccan Herald that the box contained a teleprompter and other electronic equipment. However, since that still does not explain why the box was not carried to the rally ground with the PM’s convoy, Naveen added that it was because the ‘equipment’ had to reach the venue urgently and would have gotten delayed if it travelled as part of the convoy.
Many have questioned why, like all other political leaders, Prime Minister Modi’s luggage during rallies is not examined by the EC.