The Election Commission is in the middle of a political storm after it carried out a "routine" transfer of election observer Pawan Kumar Sain from Amethi to Goa on Monday and then put it on hold.
Sain had stopped Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra's motorcycle rally, as more than the permissible number of vehicles were participating in it. After the incident, his transfer as district collector to south Goa became public and was linked with the incident.
"The officer acted in accordance with the law and fully in conformity with the instructions of the ECI. The decision to post Sain as district election officer in south Goa was in process for a week," the EC said in a statement.
After backing the official, the EC initiated a flip-flop on Tuesday. It first held back Sain's transfer till polling got over in Amethi on February 19. Later in the day, the EC dropped the idea and posted another official, Daulat A Havaldar, in his place.
"When the EC observer stops that (Gandhi) family's son-in-law, he is transferred," said BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Mohammed Salim, a former MP and CPI(M) leader said, "Should this country be governed by laws or in-laws?"
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, however, played down the controversy saying, "The EC has already clarified that these are transfers in the routine process. They have no relation to the events referred to (regarding Vadra)."