Karnataka IAS officer S Sasikanth Senthil resigned from his post as Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada on Friday, September 6. He said it would be “unethical” for him to continue as the fundamentals of democracy has been compromised.
In a statement, he said:
“I have taken this decision as I feel that it is unethical for me to continue as a civil servant in the government when the fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.”
However, he said that his decision is in no manner related to anyone or any event in his present work profile, but is an entirely personal one. In the coming days, he said, he would be “better off” serving the country from outside the civil services.
“I also feel strongly that the coming days will present extremely difficult challenges to the basic fabric of our nation…”
Here’s the full statement:
Senthil’s resignation comes weeks after Kannan Gopinath, a 2012-batch IAS officer from Kerala stepped down on August 21 in protest against the denial of “freedom of expression” to the Jammu and Kashmir people. He had tendered his resignation to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration. He has since been asked to resume duty until a decision is made on his resignation.
Taking cognisance of Senthil’s decision, Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa directed Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar to look into the claims made by the IAS officer.
Senthil, a 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer assumed the role of Dakshina Kannada DC on June 2017. He has been praised for his proactive work in the district administration.
Hailing from Tamil Nadu, the IAS officer is an engineering graduate with specialisation in Electronics and Communications from the Regional Engineering College of Bharathisadan University in Trichy.