Active Stocks
Fri May 24 2024 15:59:27
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 174.80 -0.37%
  1. NTPC share price
  2. 374.85 0.68%
  1. State Bank Of India share price
  2. 828.60 -0.45%
  1. ITC share price
  2. 436.10 -1.16%
  1. Power Grid Corporation Of India share price
  2. 318.50 -0.39%
Business News/ Elections / 'Standing instructions': EC on checking of Rahul Gandhi, Abhishek Banerjee's helicopters
BackBack

'Standing instructions': EC on checking of Rahul Gandhi, Abhishek Banerjee's helicopters

EC officials conduct checks on politicians' helicopters during elections. Rahul Gandhi's helicopter inspected in Tamil Nadu, Abhishek Banerjee's in West Bengal. EC stresses strict compliance with surveillance instructions for all transport modes.

The helicopter through which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Nilgiris, being checked by the Election Commission's Flying Squad officials (Election Commission Flying Squad)Premium
The helicopter through which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived in Nilgiris, being checked by the Election Commission's Flying Squad officials (Election Commission Flying Squad)

As authorities checked the helicopter of Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu, Election Commission (EC) officials on Monday said that the inspection of non-scheduled aircraft and helicopters by the agencies during the election season is a part of standing instructions.

A few days ago, the helicopter of Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee was inspected by the authorities in West Bengal.

EC sources were quoted by PTI as saying that Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar's had earlier stressed on strict compliance of BCAS instructions on surveillance and inspection of non-scheduled aircraft and helicopters by the Income Tax department, airport authorities and the SPs of concerned districts.

"The Commission during reviews had always emphasised that there will be multi-pronged surveillance on all modes of transport -- check posts and nakas for road transport, Coast Guard for coastal routes and DMs and SPs alongside agencies for air routes including checking of helicopters and non-scheduled flights," the statement said.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi's helicopter searched by EC officials in Nilgiris, Cong scion holds roadshow in Wayanad

On being asked about the checking of Gandhi's helicopter, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the prime minister's helicopter and the home minister's helicopter should also be checked.

"The day before yesterday, my car was also checked, my shaving cream was taken out, my toothpaste was taken out, my entire suitcase was taken out. I remained silent, I said, whatever has to be done, do it. ...check the Prime Minister's chopper, check the Home Minister's chopper, check all the choppers, level the playing field (should be there)," he said.

"You are an impartial institution, a constitutional institution, understand your rights and treat all parties equally. Don't give special category status to the Prime Minister, don't give special category status to the Home Minister. If you want to check the vehicles, do it, if you want to check the chopper, do it, we have no objection," he said.

The election officials in the Nilgiris on Monday conducted checks in a helicopter carrying Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while he was on his way to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad in Kerala.

(With PTI inputs)

You are on Mint! India's #1 news destination (Source: Press Gazette). To learn more about our business coverage and market insights Click Here!

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.
More Less
Published: 15 Apr 2024, 09:12 PM IST
Next Story footLogo
Recommended For You