EC removes Umashankar IAS from poll duty for involving in ‘faith-healing’

The Election Commission has removed a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, C Umashankar, as poll observer in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh after his “faith-healing” activities.

Officials said they had to take action on Umashankar, a 1990-batch officer, because he persisted with his faith healing despite being warned against it.

It is said that he was continuing with faith-healing activities at the place where he was officially staying despite being warned by election authorities against it.

CEO-MP VL Kantha Rao said, “A report was sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) following a complaint against him, after which the ECI has removed him as general poll observer.”