Former IAS officer who quit over Kashmir issue chargesheeted

NEW DELHI: A chargesheet has been filed against Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Kannan Gopinathan, who quit from service in August over curbs in the valley.

Gopinathan, 33, once lauded for his work during the 2018 Kerala floods, had quit the coveted government job on August 21 over denial of freedom of expression to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

In a series of tweets, Gopinathan shared the charges against him as well as came down heavily on the home ministry for targetting him via the chargesheet.

He said, “So they emailed me the chargesheet. Well @HMOIndia, I know it must be tough as you are unable to manage what’s happening between lawyers and police right under your nose.”

“So, in the interest of the nation, I do not want to trouble you more in your weak time. I acknowledge receipt,” he said.

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Gopinathan also shared the first page of the Memo for departmental inquiry he had received earlier and wrote, “Memo for departmental inquiry given after two months of submitting resignation. First page.”

Mocking the contents of the memo, he said, “Here it is warning me to not bring any political influence. Who is capable of politically influencing @HMOIndia other than @AmitShah. Now if only I could influence him. But let me try anyway. Sir, please restore fundamental rights in Kashmir.”

Gopinathan listed out the charges levelled against him in the chargesheet.

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“These are the charges. Same as the memo.

1. Did not put up file in time
2. Did not complete underground cabling project in time
3. Did not submit tour report for relief work in Kerala
4. Did not apply for PM excellence award
5. Submitting file directly to Administrator

Scary!” Gopinathan wrote.

Mocking the administration, he said, “Fakeer aadmi hu na ab. Jhola uthake chal pada. Fakeeri yaad hoga.”

The 2012-batch AGMUT cadre officer from Kerala was posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as Power and Non-Conventional Energy Secretary.

Gopinathan in his resignation letter though said there was denial of “fundamental rights” to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after the state lost its special status following the abrogation of Article 370.

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