New Delhi: Amid the controversy raised over Priyanka Gandhi's husband Robert Vadra motorcycle rally in Amethi, poll observer Pawan Kumar Sain who had put the convoy on hold will not be replaced by the Election Commission.

"The commission has come across some unwarranted references in the media regarding its decision to re-deploy an officer Pawan Kumar Sain, presently on election duty in CSM Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh as a DEO in the state of Goa," the poll panel said.

Earlier, the reports circulated in the state that the EC has transferred the IAS officer for stopping the convoy of Vadra. However, owing to the issues raised by various political parties including the BJP, the Election Commission finally dropped its idea to transfer Sain.

Sain, an IAS officer of the 2005 batch of Goa state cadre on Monday put halt to Vadra's motorcycle rally on alleged violation of model code and recommended an FIR against the Amethi Congress nominee for whom he was campaigning.

After the much pressure mounted by the political parties, the Election Commission had initially decided to transfer Sain as District Collector of South Goa. However, the decision was kept on hold till polling was over in Amethi on February 19.

In the face of criticism, the election body clarified that its action to move Sain to Goa was taken earlier and not linked to the Vadra episode. Meanwhile, Sen will continue as election observer in Amethi assembly seat till the election process in over in poll bound UP.

The Commission on Tuesday  said it has come across some unwarranted references" regarding its decision to re-deploy Sen and maintained that "it has been baselessly linked to certain enforcement action taken by Sen in his capacity as an election observer in an incident involving Vadra in an assembly constituency in Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (CSM) Nagar.

"The officer acted in accordance with the law and fully in conformity with the instructions of commission," it said.  

JPN/Bureau