Rahul Gandhi’s extraordinary gesture, extends support to Kashmiri IAS topper facing disciplinary inquiry over rape tweet

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi last week wrote to Kashmiri IAS topper Shah Faesal, who is currently facing a disciplinary inquiry for posting a sarcastic tweet on the growing menace of rapes in south Asia.

Rahul Gandhi

In his letter dated 14 July, Rahul wrote, “I write to you in solidarity against the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to initiate an inquiry for expressing your opinion on the rising incidents of rapes in India.”

The Congress president then went on to add, “This freedom not only allows a nation to introspect on pressing social problems but also helps us find ways to address them. I feel it is extremely troubling that the government has singled you out for voicing your opinions. It exhibits an insecurity that is unbecoming of any government.”

He also told Faesal that the IAS topper deserved to be appreciated for ‘identifying and courageously highlighting the issues that plague India.’ “We stand by you in letter and spirit,” his letter concluded.

The Centre’s Narendra Modi government had ordered action against the Kashmiri Muslim IAS topper of 2012, Shah Faesal for his rapistan tweet last week.

Faesal’s tweet about the growing menace of rapes in south Asia was instantly declared by the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training as his ‘failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.’

The letter written by the government of Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of DoPT addressed to Faesal read, “Whereas the Department of Personal & Training, Government of India has forwarded to this department a copy of communication, along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in your Twitter account, in which contents are prima-face in contravention of the extant provisions of All India Service (Conduct Rules), 1986/All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969. Screen-shots of the posts made by you in your Twitter account is enclosed.”

The letter went on to inform Faesal that he had allegedly ‘failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of your official duty’ adding that his action was an ‘unbecoming of a public servant.’

Unperturbed by the notice, Faesal took to Twitter to and wrote, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.”

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