Shah Faesal rejoining IAS doesn’t undo ‘unconstitutional’ treatment he faced — ex-IAS Kannan G

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New Delhi: The speculation over IAS officer Shah Faesal rejoining the government does not undo how he was treated by the system when he was “unconstitutionally” arrested, former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned from the service last year following Faesal’s arrest, has said.

In an interview to ThePrint, Kannan said while he was surprised to read about Faesal possibly rejoining the service, it has not prompted a rethink in his mind over his own resignation.

“I did not resign from the IAS because Shah Faesal resigned…One of the reasons I resigned was the way he was brazenly, blatantly and unconstitutionally treated by the system, and the media silence that ensued after his arrest,” Kannan said. “That does not get nullified even if he re-joins the service.”

While Kannan said he would not judge why Faesal has taken the decision he has, he believes the deterioration of the democratic credentials of the government has continued. “I resigned for myself. I saw the way someone like Shah Faesal was being treated by the system I was a part of, and I could not justify that to myself,” he said. “The democratic credentials of this government have only worsened since, so me rejoining the government is not a question.”

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Kannan’s resignation yet to be accepted

Just like Faesal, Kannan Gopinathan’s resignation too has not yet been accepted by the government. In August last year, the 2012-batch officer of the AGMUT cadre had quit the service after he got “disillusioned” by the events that had taken place in Kashmir following the Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

As recently as in April this year, however, the government had asked Kannan, who has since his resignation been a vocal critic of the Modi dispensation, to rejoin as an officer amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Subsequently, an FIR was registered against him under the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act for refusing to join duty.

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