Election bureaucrat sacked in Gujarat for an Instagram post

The Election Commission terminated Abhishek Singh, an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, for allegedly flaunting his Instagram posting, according to reports today.

Election bureaucrat sacked in Gujarat for an Instagram post
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For his Instagram posts, an officer working the Gujarat elections received a sizable compensation. The Election Commission terminated Abhishek Singh, an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, for allegedly flaunting his Instagram posting, according to reports today.

According to a statement made in the Election Commission's order, Abhishek Singh "used Instagram for spreading his posting/joining as General Observer and had utilised his official position as a publicity gimmick."

Abhishek Singh, a member of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was chosen as the general observer for the Bapunagar and Asarwa assembly districts in Ahmedabad ahead of the Gujarat election next month.

On social media, the officer goes by the name Abhishek S IAS and posted two images. In one, he is positioned next to a government vehicle that has "Observer" printed on the front and a beacon. The caption read, "Joined as Observer for Gujarat elections."


The officer was "immediately deprived of his duties as General Observer and has been debarred from any election related activity until further orders," according to sources, who claim that the Election Commission "took a very serious view" of the officer's Instagram post.
However, Abhishek explained the situation and declared that he had accepted the poll body's judgement.

"Though I believe there's nothing wrong in this 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!", he tweeted.

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