Kannan who quit IAS over ‘denial of freedom in Kashmir’ asked to rejoin

Kannan who quit IAS over ‘denial of freedom in Kashmir’ asked to rejoin

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IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who resigned last week over the denial of "freedom of expression" to the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been asked to resume duty as earlier as possible.

The Personnel Department of Daman and Diu has now asked him to attend the office till it is accepted. The notice, dated August 27, has been signed by Gurpreet Singh, deputy secretary, personnel department of Daman and Diu. As he was not present in Silvassa, the capital city of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, officials pasted a notice on the door of the room in a government guesthouse where the 33-year-old young officer lived.

Kannan Gopinathan submitted his resignation to the Home Ministry on August 21. He was working as the secretary, power department of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli when the resignation was submitted.

Citing Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) rules, the notice said resignation by a government officer "becomes effective when it is accepted". When contacted by media, Gopinathan said that he was aware of the notice, but declined to comment further.

Kannan Gopinathan was earlier served a showcause notice by the Home Ministry after he resigned last week saying that what was happening in Kashmir was not acceptable to him. After resigning, the IAS officer had claimed he took the decision as he wanted to express his views against the "denial of freedom of expression" in Kashmir.

Strangely, it is said that his resignation had made no mention of the Kashmir issue. After submitting resignation, 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 have the right to respond, too.