Top Karnataka civil servant, Sasikanth Senthil quits after job “Compromises Democracy”

Deputy Commissioner in Karnataka, S Sasikanth Senthil, quit the IAS or Indian Administrative Service on Friday.

He was the Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner.

Senthil said it was a personal decision, but in the letter, he writes that it is “unethical” for him to continue as a civil servant in the government when the “fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner”.

In the letter he asserted, he was “not in any way” connected to any event or a particular person.

“I also feel strongly that the coming days will present extremely difficult challenges to the basic fabric of our nation and that I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all,” he wrote.

Senthil, a 2009 Karnataka cadre officer, had taken charge in Dakshina Kannada two years ago.

His resignation comes days after a 2012 batch officer, Kannan Gopinathan, also an IAS, resigned from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration. The 33-year-old bureaucrat quit on August 21 to protest what he claimed was the denial of fundamental rights to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Source : Various