Published: 06th September 2019
Who is IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil who resigned from his 'unethical' job?
The 40-year-old IAS officer hails from Tamil Nadu is an engineering graduate. People under his jurisdiction were extremely happy with his work
Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil resigned from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) on Friday stating that it is "unethical to continue as a civil servant" when the democracy is under threats.
"I have tendered my resignation from the IAS today (Friday). It is important to clarify that the decision is purely a personal one. It is in no way connected to anyone or any event in my current profile as Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district," Sasikanth said in a Whatsapp message to his friend. "I have taken this decision as I feel that it is unethical to continue as a civil servant when the fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner. I also feel the coming days will present challenges to the basic fabric of our nation and I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all," Sasikanth added.
A 2009 IAS batch officer of the Karnataka cadre, said he owes an apology to the people and public representatives of the west coast district in the southern state for discontinuing from the job midway. Mangaluru is about 360 km away from Bengaluru on the state's west coast. The 40-year-old hails from Tamil Nadu is a graduate of the Regional Engineering College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli.
Before he assumed charge as Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district in June 2017, Senthil was the Director in the Mines and Geology Department as the Under Secretary for the Bihar Education Project Council, Bangalore from November 2016 till he assumed the charges as the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district. Sasikanth had also served as the Deputy Commissioner of Chitradurga and Raichur earlier and was the CEO of the Zila Panchayat in Shimoga.
Last month, another IAS officer, Kannan Gopinathan, resigned from service because of restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. Gopinathan held the post of secretary of power, urban development and agriculture departments in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration. In January, IAS officer Shah Faesal, who had been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned to protest the "unabated" killings in Kashmir and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims. He subsequently formed a political party, the J&K Peoples Movement.