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JAMMU: Former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is not only backing the tweet of IAS officer Shah Faesal in which he has termed India as ‘Rapistan’ but is also attempting to politicise and trivialise the issue by selectively quoting from the show cause notice issued to him by the General Administration Department.
“Faesal has been repeatedly using the Twitter to criticise the functioning of both State and Central Governments as well making controversial double entendre statements contrary to the government directives as per the rules quoted by DOPT,” said Brig Gupta, State Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
“The Central Government has initiated action against the delinquent IAS officer,” he said.
According to Brig Gupta, Shah Faesal in a tweet on 22 April, used the word ‘Rapistan’ for India.
“Replying to this tweet @ranjitkumar1960 tweeted, ‘If you are an IAS officer, you should resign from the job & then engage in peddling anti-India rants. Otherwise I shall request @HMO India & @ KirenRijiju to remove you from IAS.’ By HMO the tweeter implied Home Minister’s Office,” clarified Brig Gupta but Shah Faesal in a defiant and brazen manner replied to this tweet, “What makes you think it’s about India? And you forgot PMO, I think.”
“Another tweet of Shah Faesal dated 28 April reads, ‘Now that North Korea and South Korea have made peace, let’s hope that North India and South India can also unite!,’ Gupta mentioned.
“A rank anti-national statement questioning the unity of India made by a serving IAS officer only shows the scant respect he has for the nation and his ‘couldn’t care’ attitude,” said Brig Gupta.
“In another tweet of 20 May, he dared the government stating if the newly proposed IAS, Service/Cadre allocation policy is approved it will turn IAS into ICS- Indian Chamcha Service,” Gupta added.
“Rather than replying to the show cause notice issued to him, the defiant officer once again took the recourse to social media and uploaded the copy of the notice issued to him. This was followed by another tweet stating “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The irony is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.” The officer has trivialised the rules of business by making public the notice served to him and openly blaming the government for invoking colonial spirit. A disciplined officer would have given his explanation to the competent authority rather than going public and defying the central government directive of 2016,” lamented Brig Gupta.
In 2016, Central Government had banned its officials from criticising the government on social media, he added.
Coming to the rescue of Shah Faesal, the JKNC Vice President Omar Abdullah has politicised the issue by tweeting that “looks like DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services.” In a serious matter of breach of discipline by a culpable IAS officer who is bound by rules of conduct, Omar Abdullah is trivialising the entire issue and also attempting to communalise it. In another tweet Omar says, “You have no problem when officers from Rajasthan and elsewhere defy ‘set norms of governance and conduct’, yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this does not surprise me at all!” Omar has conveniently ignored numerous other anti-establishment tweets of the errant officer just to politicise the disciplinary action initiated against him by the government, rued Brig Gupta.
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