New Delhi: Kannan Gopinathan, an Indian Administrative Service officer from Kerala who recently resigned over the ‘Emergency’ imposed on Jammu and Kashmir after the Narendra Modi government revoked the state’s special status under Article 370, is in the headlines again over old charges of misconduct against him. Gopinathan is a 2012-batch officer of the AGMUT cadre and a memo was issued to him on July 8 this year over “various acts of omission and commission which constitute misconduct” under AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968.
Gopinathan has called the charges frivolous and says old issues are being raked up again to set a ‘convenient narrative’ about his ‘principled decision’ to resign from the service. He says he had already responded to the show cause notice on allegations involving insubordination, adoption of dilatory tactics and dereliction of duty.
“Counter-narratives need to be set to discredit me. I will now be subjected to ad hominem attacks,” he told The Wire odisha.
Dismissing claims that the fear of disciplinary action was the real reason for his resignation, he said that IAS officers often receive such memos, but don’t resign because of them. “I responded to all the allegations and was assigned additional charges over my responsibilities on August 5,” he said. The Wire has a copy of the August 5 order from the Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli administrator assigning additional charges to Gopinathan.
I once thought that being in civil services meant an opportunity to expand the rights and freedoms of fellow citizens!— Kannan (@naukarshah) August 20, 2019
“I don’t believe they want to personally attack me. Everyone wants a convenient and relatable narrative, so there are efforts to discredit me. An IAS officer resigning over a principle may be difficult to believe and thus a more convenient narrative is being set to rationalise and justify this development to the people,” he said.
The memorandum filed by the UT administrator to the Ministry of Home Affairs, a copy of which was accessed by The Wire Odisha, mentions delays in submitting files and reports, not following the prescribed reporting channel and other such issues.
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