Election Commission Suspended two excise Superintendents in Bihar
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended two excise superintendents and four others for failure in“alertness and effectiveness” in the seizure of liquor in poll-bound Bihar.
New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended two excise superintendents and four others for failure in“alertness and effectiveness” in the seizure of liquor in poll-bound Bihar.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh said that Election Commission gave the directives in this regard during a review meeting held via video-conferencing with the observers of the 78 Assembly constituencies that are going to polls in the first round of the three-phase Bihar polls on October 28, 2020.
The poll panel noticed that the performance of some districts in terms of expenditure monitoring, including control on excise activities, has been dismal. “Excise in-charges of these districts have not demonstrated alertness and effectiveness in the seizure of liquor, which vitiates the electoral environment,” ACEO said.
Nitin Kumar and Bipin Kumar, the excise superintendents of Arwal and Sheikhpura districts respectively, have been suspended, the EC release said. According to it, excise superintendents Krishna Murari (Jehanabad), Devendra Kumar (Buxar), Shailendra Choudhary (Lakhisarai), and Sanjeev Thakur (Jamui) have been transferred with an immediate effect.
During the review meeting, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora asked the authorities concerned to expedite the search and seizure operations in the state to further improvise and strengthen the electoral environment for holding free-and-fair polls. The EC reviewed the overall poll preparations, be it the issue of training or providing facilities to elderly voters, Singh said.