Imphal: A college teacher from Thoubal district in Manipur has landed in trouble following a speech against an Independent candidate from Lilong assembly constituency contesting the upcoming by-elections on November 7.
As per reports, Dr Md Sidiqur Rahman, an assistant professor at Lilong Haoreibi College, was issued a suspension order by the Commissioner of Higher and Technical Education, M Harekrishna, under sub-rule (1) of rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965.
According to the suspension order, Rahman attended a public meeting on October 21 at the residence of Antas Khan, an Independent candidate contesting for the 30 Lilong by-elections. In the meeting, Rahman made some allegations against public activities of Md Abdul Nasir, another candidate from the same constituency.
Nasir is among the six Congress MLAs who quit the Opposition party. Unlike the other five who joined the BJP, Nasir did not join a political party. The former Congressman is standing the by-poll as an Independent candidate, however, with the BJP’s backing.
A public meeting was held on Tuesday at Lilong with chief minister N Biren Singh, and other BJP MLAs addressed the mammoth meeting, wooing the voters to vote for Nasir.
A worker of Abdul Nasir filed a complaint against the assistant professor, following which the CEO office instructed the deputy commissioner to conduct an enquiry and accordingly, submitted a report.
As a government servant, Rahman shouldn’t have participated in the political meeting. And following the report, it was necessary to start a disciplinary proceeding against him, the CEO office said.
The suspension order stated that a disciplinary proceeding is being contemplated against Rahman for violating Rule 5(4) of CCs (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and Para 4.4.2(B)(iv) & (v) of Manual on Model Code of Conduct (For the guidance of Political parties and candidates) & other related guidelines, March 2019.
The order further stated that during the suspension, Rahman has been asked not to leave the Headquarters without permission and will be getting subsistence allowance as admissible under the rules. His headquarter will be at the Directorate of University and Higher Education, it added.
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