Bhubaneswar/New Delhi : The Election Commission on Wednesday suspended an officer, posted as a general observer in Odisha, for allegedly checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Sambalpur in violation of norms.
Mohammed Mohsin, a 1996-batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, did not act in conformity with the EC’s instructions concerning Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees, according to an order issued by the commission.
The action against the officer came a day after the prime minister’s visit to Sambalpur.
The EC took action against the general observer of Sambalpur on the basis of a report from the district collector and the deputy inspector general of police.
The prime minister was stated to have been held up at the place for around 15 minutes because of the sudden checking, an official said.
“Checking of the prime minister’s chopper, undertaken at Sambalpur, was not in accordance with the EC guidelines as SPG protectees are exempt from such checking,” said the official without elaborating.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s helicopter was also checked by EC flying squad personnel in Rourkela on Tuesday.
A similar check was carried out on Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s chopper in Sambalpur on Tuesday by the flying squad, sources said.
Who is Mohammed Mohsin?
Mohsin, an IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, has been working for the backward class welfare department under the Government of Karnataka since June 2016.
He hails from Patna and had completed his primary education from Mohammedan Anglo Arabic Senior Secondary School in Patna. Following this, he studied Economics at Magadh University and subsequently attained a Masters of Commerce from the Patna University.
Before joining the Karnataka government, Mohsin worked as Managing Director and CEO of KSSIDC (Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation Ltd) and as the Commissioner for Public Instruction for the Department of School Education, Government of Karnataka.
He had started his twenty-three-year long career as an IAS officer as a Sub Divisional Magistrate of Kundapur district of Karnataka.With agencies inputs