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Search of Modi’s Chopper Should’ve Been Used To Demonstrate That Law is Equal For All: Ex-CEC SY Quraishi

EC suspended a general observer who had searched PM Modi’s chopper in Odisha.

Former chief election commissioner of India SY Quraishi has said the recent suspension of an election officer for checking the helicopter of the Prime Minister (PM) was unfortunate. He also called the incident a missed opportunity in regards to restoring the image and credibility of both the election commission (EC) and the PM.

Quraishi said in a tweet, “The ‘raid’ on PM’s chopper should have been used to demonstrate that the law is equal for everybody. In one stroke, the intense criticism against them both (EC and PM) would have come crumbling down. Unfortunately, they both chose a different course.”

He also predicted that, “The already ongoing criticism would now get magnified many times over.”

The former chief election commissioner drew parallels between the security check in the PM’s chopper and a similar search in the Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter in front of the latter’s own eyes.

Also Read: EC Cited Non-existent Rules to Suspend Officer Who Searched PM’s Helicopter?

Pointing to the stark contrast between the two incidents, Quraishi said that Patnaik “has come out with his stature enhanced.”

He commended the chief minister and said, “This is the statesmanlike conduct we need from our leaders. Salute Mr Patnaik!”

The EC on Tuesday, April 16 suspended Sambalpur general observer Mohammed Mohsin, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer for acting “contrary to the instructions of the commission regarding SPG protectees” when he searched Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter.

However, questions have been raised regarding the rules and guidelines stated for the suspension.

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