Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DoPT initiates action against 2010 batch IAS Shah Faesal for a Twitter post; Kashmiri IAS releases what he calls the “love letter” from his boss

Shah Faesal as an IAS trainee (File Photo)

THE department of personnel and training (DoPT) has requested the Jammu and Kashmir government to initiate action against 2010 batch Jammu and Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faesal for violating the conduct rules by posting some materials in his verified Twitter account. DoPT in its letter said, the posts written by the IAS officer are prima-face in contravention to…
All India Services (Conduct Rules), 1968/All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.
Faesal is a doctor-turned IAS belonging to the Kashmir valley. He was the topper of the civil services examinations, 2009. He is presently undertaking the masters of public administration programme in Harvard University.
Till recently, Faesal was the managing director of  J and K State Power Development Corporation.
The Shah’s controversial tweet pertains to what constitutes “Rapistan” (deriving from the word “Rape”), which he posted as a reaction to a news item on how a porn addict in Gujarat ended up raping his 46 years old mother. 
“AND WHEREAS, you have allegedly failed to maintain absolutely honesty and integrity in discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant”, the DoPT letter said, clearly indicating that there could be tough punishment against the officer. 
Shah took to Twitter on Tuesday to release the DoPT's letter in public domain, saying: “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I'm sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”

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