Dakshina Kannada DC Sasikanth Senthil resigns

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil. (DH File Photo)

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil resigned from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) on Friday. In his letter, he cites personal reasons for the resignation.

He had been serving as the DC since October 2017.

Further, the letter said, "it is unethical for me to continue as a civil servant in the government when the fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner."

"I feel strongly that the coming days will present extremely difficult challenges to the basic fabric of the nation and that I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all," he added.

No pressure

Speaking to DH, Senthil said “There was no pressure either from the State government or from the local MLAs. There were ideological issues. I could not compromise with a few happenings in the country. Hence, I have tendered resignation. I had been living based on a few principles in my life. A few of the developments in the country are working against my principles. I could not continue by compromising with it. To continue in the post, I had to go against my principles which I had been believing all these years. To remain committed to the principles, I  had to tender resignation and accordingly, I chose the second option. My personal ideas were mismatching with the developments in the country,” he said. 

“The spirit of the country in which it was built all these years is changing. As a bureaucrat, I had to perform the duty as per the government. The incidents that had happened miles away from me is disturbing,” he said. 

“The rumour that I had tendered resignation having dejected with the issue of transfer is far from the truth. There is no better state other than Karnataka for the officers to work. I have not faced any problem in my service so far. All the MLAs in the district have stood behind me and have been pressurising the government not to transfer me. As I have resigned at this juncture, they will feel bad and have sought an apology in my resignation letter,” he said.

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