IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan who had resigned from the service owing to the restrictions imposed on Jammu and Kashmir was asked to return to duty until his resignation is accepted.
Gopinathan who had sent his resignation to the Union Home Secretary on August 21, had held the post of secretary of power, urban development and agriculture departments in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration.
The notice that was pasted on the door of the room in a government guesthouse where Gopinathan lived in Silvassa, signed by the Deputy Secretary said resignation by a government officer “becomes effective when it is accepted”, and mentioned the rules of Department of Personnel and Training.
“Therefore, you are hereby directed to continue attending to your assigned duties immediately, till a decision is taken on your resignation,” the notice added.
Gopinathan said that he is aware of the notice but haven’t yet commented on it.
Earlier on Saturday, he had said that he wanted his freedom of expression intact. “I joined the services believing I can give voice to others, but here I am unable to use my voice. My resignation will give me my freedom of expression back,” he had said.
“If you ask me what you were doing, when one of the world’s largest democracies announced a ban on the entire state, and even violated the fundamental rights of the people, I should at least be able to reply that I resigned my job,” he added.
Though the resignation letter did not mention the Kashmir issue
The officer said he was disturbed by the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where a large section of the population have had their fundamental rights suspended.
“There has been a lack of response to it. We seem to be perfectly fine with it. I also see in some small ways how I am also a part of it. I think if I had a newspaper, the only thing I would be printing on the front page would be ‘19’ on the front page because today [Wednesday] is the nineteenth day,” Gopinathan had said.
However, his resignation did not mention the Kashmir matter.
Gopinathan, who hails from Kottayam district of Kerala, had said to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution was the “right of elected government”, but, in a democracy, people had the right to respond too.
The 32-year-old officer had first come into limelight when he hid his identity and joined in relief work during the 2018 Kerala floods.