VIKARABAD COL­LEC­TOR OPENS EVMs, EC OR­DERS SUS­PEN­SION

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The state gov­ern­ment on Satur­day sus­pended Vikarabad col­lec­tor Syed Omar Jaleel fol­low­ing a direc­tion from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia for his al­leged in­volve­ment in open­ing 120 EVMs used for the Assem­bly elections even as a case was pend­ing re­gard­ing the poll be­fore the High Court.

The EC had on Fri­day di­rected Chief Sec­re­tary S.K. Joshi to place the of­fi­cial un­der sus­pen­sion by the evening and ini­ti­ate dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings as he had vi­o­lated its or­ders.

The EC had di­rected district elec­tion of­fi­cers that EVMs and VVPATs be kept in safe cus­tody in con­stituen­cies where elec­tion pe­ti­tions had been filed till their fi­nal dis­posal by the High Court.

The state gov­ern­ment on Satur­day sus­pended Vikarabad col­lec­tor Syed Omar Jaleel fol­low­ing a direc­tion from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia for his al­leged in­volve­ment in open­ing 120 EVMs used for the Assem­bly elections even as a case was pend­ing re­gard­ing the poll be­fore the High Court.

The EC had on Fri­day di­rected Chief Sec­re­tary S.K. Joshi to place the of­fi­cial un­der sus­pen­sion by the evening and ini­ti­ate dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings as he had vi­o­lated its or­ders. The EC had di­rected district elec­tion of­fi­cers that EVMs and VVPATs be kept in safe cus­tody in con­stituen­cies where elec­tion pe­ti­tions had been filed till their fi­nal dis­posal by the High Court.

Ac­cord­ingly, Mr Joshi is­sued or­ders sus­pend­ing Mr Jaleel.

Ranga Reddy col­lec­tor D.S. Lokesh Ku­mar has been given ad­di­tional charge of the Vikarabad district.

Con­gress can­di­date G. Prasad, who faced de­feat in the re­cent polls, had ap­proached the HC al­leg­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the con­duct of elections.

When it be­came known that the of­fi­cial had opened the strong rooms where the EVMs were stored, he and other Con­gress lead­ers met Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Ra­jat Sharma de­manded ac­tion on Mr Jaleel.

The EC called for an ex­pla­na­tion from the col­lec­tor. He said he was not aware of the case in the High Court. The re­ply did not sat­isfy the EC.

After the EC’s or­der, the Con­gress sought an in­quiry into the al­leged break­ing of seals and re­moval of the VVPAT slips from EVMs in the Ju­bilee Hills Assem­bly con­stituency.

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