Karnataka IAS officer resigns, says unethical to continue when democracy being compromised

Deputy Commissioner in Karnataka, S Sasikanth Senthil on Friday resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), saying that it would be “unethical” for him to continue in his position in the government any longer.

In a letter, he wrote that it was unethical for him to continue as a civil servant in the government when the fundamental building blocks of democracy were being compromised in an unprecedented manner.

“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.

“It simply cannot be business as usual anymore,” he added.

Senthil said it was a personal decision. He was the Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner.

Senthil, a 2009 batch IAS officer, is the second to announce his decision to resign from the bureaucracy over the last month. In August, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan had resigned, over denial of freedom of expression to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.