The Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner (SEC) suspended Vani Mohan, the Andhra Pradesh Election Commission Secretary permanently.
The decision came a day after N. Ramesh Kumar, the SEC of Andhra Pradesh sacked Joint Director (JD), G.V.Sai Prasad.
Mr. Prasad was fired on charges of disrupting the Election Commission’s activities. Mr. Ramesh also alleged Sai Prasad of trying to obstruct the scheduled State Panchayat elections.
In the wake of the panchayat elections, the SEC has asked Vani Mohan and other employees working in the office to be available without leave from the 9th of January.
However, Sai Prasad, who is the Joint Director in the Commissioner’s office sent a letter stating that he was going on leave for 30 days and that he was influencing other employees to go on leave as well.
Sai Prasad was removed from the commission using the SEC’s powers.
Vani Mohan was relieved from the commissioner’s office today, the 12th of January.
In regard to this SEC Ramesh Kumar wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Adityanath Das. In the letter Mr. Kumar said Vani Mohan’s services were not required in the Commission’s office.
The decision of SEC Ramesh Kumar came days after the Andhra Pradesh High Court verdict on Gram Panchayat elections.
The SEC announced the Gram Panchayat elections to be held from the 5th of February 2021.
However, the High Court put a stay on the announced schedule until further notice.
The Court directed to put State Gram Panchayat elections on hold amid the Novel Coronavirus vaccine drive.
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