This Article is From Nov 19, 2022

"Not A Stunt": Bureaucrat Sacked From Gujarat Poll Duty Over Insta Post

Denying charges he used his official position as a "publicity stunt", the Uttar Pradesh cadre officer said that he believes there is "nothing wrong" in the post as he is reporting for "public duty".

Abhishek Singh was assigned as General Observer for two assembly constituencies in Ahmedabad.

New Delhi:

IAS officer Abhishek Singh, removed from Gujarat election duty for posting about his new assignment on social media, put out a new post on Friday explaining the intentions behind the post. "A public servant, in a car bought by public's money, reporting for public duty, with public officials, communicating it to the public. It is neither publicity nor a stunt," the officer said, sharing an earlier tweet in which he had shared about his new assignment.

The Uttar Pradesh cadre officer, however, clarified that he accepts the Election Commission with "all humility".

Abhishek Singh was assigned as General Observer for two assembly constituencies in Ahmedabad - Bapunagar and Asarwa.

Mr Singh had shared two photos on Instagram and Twitter.

In one, he stands next to an official car with "Observer" written on the front. Another post showed him with three more officials and an armed security man, all smiling at the camera.

"Joined as Observer for Gujarat elections," the caption said.

The Election Commission, NDTV has learnt, had "taken a very serious view" of the officer's Instagram post and so, he "has been relieved immediately of his duties as General Observer and has been debarred from any election related duty till further orders."

The officer was ordered to leave the constituency immediately and report to his parent cadre. All government facilities provided to him in Gujarat were also taken away, including the car featured in his posts.

Mr Singh has been replaced by Krishan Bajpai, another IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer.

Gujarat will vote on December 1 and 5 for a new government. The results will be declared on December 8.