GUWAHATI: In the most unprecedented move the Election Commission of India has called back its expenditure observer Raghavendra Singh from Guwahati on the charge of unauthorised “raid’ at residence of Assam minister Rockybul Hussain.
The Election Commission(EC) in a press communiqué stated that the search raid was launched by the income tax department and the expenditure observer thereby breaching the conduct as they acted against the instructions of the Election Commission.
Assam Minister Rokibul Hussain filed a case of illegal trespassing against an Election Expenditure Observer who had searched the car and residence of the senior cabinet minister and couple of adjoining buildings belonging to his relatives from 6.30 on Wednesday. The case has been registered under the number 160/16.
“The Commission has viewed this lapse by expenditure observer seriously and has withdrawn him from constituency forthwith and instructed the controlling authority to initiate suitable departmental action against him. All Observers have been directed to perform their actions within the prescribed framework as laid down by ECI manual”, stated in a communiqué of ECI.
The raid was look upon as a politically motivated and a conspiracy by the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre. Assam chief minister on his part said, “The search raid at the minister’s house is part of a bigger conspiracy against us.”
Assam Congress president Arjan Dutta in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) said “Singh, accompanied by Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) and police personnel had surrounded the residence of senior Congress Minister Rakibul Hussain on March 16 without any prior intimation or notice.”