Another IAS Officer Quits, Says “Democracy Being Compromised”

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Sasikanth Senthil, a 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer.

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BENGALURU — Deputy Commissioner for Dakshina Kannada district, Sasikanth Senthil, has resigned on Friday. He quit the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS), expressing concern over the “future of India” in his resignation letter.

The decision of the young bureaucrat took the government and bureaucratic circles by surprise. Taking note of Senthil’s decision, Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa directed Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar to look into the claims made in the resignation letter, according to media reports.

Citing personal reasons, Senthil, in a statement, said his decision is “in no way connected to anyone or to any event in my current profile”.

He, however, claimed that it is “unethical” for him to continue in his line of duty “as a civil servant in the government when the fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner”.

The resignation reads as follows:

According to IAS circles, he sent his resignation via WhatsApp on Friday morning and a fellow IAS officer tried to persuade him to withdraw it. However, Senthil refused to take it back, saying he thought over the decision for six months. The officer has earlier served in Shimoga, Raichur and other districts.

A 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, Senthil, who hails from Tamil Nadu, had assumed charge as Dakshina Kannada DC on June 2017 and was hailed for his proactive approach towards district administration.

He is an engineering graduate specialised in Electronics and Communications.

This comes days after Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012-batch IAS officer hailing from Kerala, tendered his resignation to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration.

(With media inputs)

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