Hegde attacks IAS officer
The Dakshina Kannada MP accused senthil to be “another paid gaddar”.
“If this guy can conclude that the Union Government is fascist; then we have the liberty to call him another paid gaddar, dancing to the tunes set by his real paymasters! This may be the debate he wants to initiate!” Anantkumar Hegde tweeted.
Hegde also posted a video statement on Twitter. The accompanying message read, “Serving the government & yet questioning people representative’s decision taken as per constitutional norms, besides labelling it as fascist amounts to nothing less than #Rajadroha!”
In yet another high-profile resignation by a bureaucrat, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil on Friday quit the civil service saying “it is unethical for him to continue when fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner”.
An IAS officer of the 2009 batch of Karnataka cadre, he initially said in an open letter that his decision was “purely personal” but went on to say that the ‘nation will face difficult challenges in the coming days’.
Senthil, in his letter, did not make any reference to any issue except to say “I have taken the decision as I think that it is unethical to continue as a civil servant when fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.”
“I also feel strongly that the coming days will present extremely difficult challenges to the basic fabric of our nation and that I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all,” 40-year-old Senthil, who hails from Tamil Nadu, said in the letter.
Bureaucrats Quitting Coveted Services
Senthil was the second bureaucrat to quit the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
In August, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan from the AGMUT cadre, resigned last month rom service saying he quit protesting against the Centre’s decisions in Jammu and Kashmir.
In January, Shah Faesal, who has been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned as a mark of protest against the “unabated killings” in Kashmir and ” and against the marginalization of Indian Muslims by Hindutva forces, “reducing them to second class citizens”.