Vastavam web: The Telangana government Saturday suspended the Vikarabad district Collector as per the directive of the of the Election Commission for allegedly unauthorisedly opening a strong room where EVMs used in the recent assembly polls in a particular constituency, were kept. “The Election Commission has recommended to suspend him for unauthorisedly opening the strong room (where EVMs were kept) which he was not supposed to do,” a senior state government official told.
An election petition (vis-a-vis December 7 Assembly elections) was pending in courts involving the EVMs. The Commission, however, did not agree with the explanation, he said. The Commission asked the state government to issue orders for his suspension before 5 PM on Saturday and the government complied with it, the official said.
The Congress had on February 2 demanded the suspension of the Collector Syed Omer Jaleel RPT Syed Omer Jaleel after officials allegedly removed seals of the EVMs used in the polls to the constituency, the result of which has been challenged in court. Telangana Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka had demanded that the EC order an inquiry against the officials concerned. Congress nominee G Prasad Kumar had moved the Telangana High Court, challenging the win of his TRS rival, alleging large-scale irregularities in the polls.