Kerala IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan Resigns to Protest ‘Rights’ Violation in Kashmir

Kannan Gopinathan , a 2012 batch IAS officer posted at the Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli, has resigned from the Indian Administrative Service. He was currently serving as the secretary of Power and Non-Conventional of Energy. He is the second youngest IAS officer to resign from his service after the famous Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faisal.

33-year-old, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan from the AGMUT cadre, resigned on August 21 in protest against the ban and violation of fundamental rights in Jammu and Kashmir by government of India. He sent his resignation to the Union Home Secretary on August 21.

Resignation letter of Kannan Gopinathan

On August 20, Gopinathan said, ‘We got into the service thinking that we can provide voice to people, but then we ended up with our own voice being taken away from us’. 

He further said, ‘Fundamental rights of lakhs of people have been restricted in Kashmir since 20 days and many people in India feel it right. All this is happening in India in 2019.’

He also told that he was disappointed by the lack of response shown by the bureaucracy when former civil servant Shah Faesal was detained from Delhi airport while attempting to board a flight to Istanbul.

“If you ask me what you were doing, when one of the world’s largest democracies announced a ban on the entire state, and even violated the fundamental rights of the people, I should at least be able to reply that I resigned my job,” the Indian Express quoted him as saying.

IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan was issued a show cause notice by the Home Ministry (MHA) under-secretary Rakesh Kumar Singh regarding the ‘Act of omission and Commission‘ in July. This two-page notice also included visiting his home state Kerala in the wake of massive floods. The notice alleged that Kannan had failed to follow the given instructions.

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