In a brief statement on Facebook, Faesal said his resignation was also to protest “the marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism”.
Faesal, who recently returned from a foreign training, launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre, saying the “subversion of public institutions like the RBI, the CBI and the NIA has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped”.
“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” he added.
Faesal, an MBBS, thanked his family, friends and well-wishers for supporting him in this “amazing journey in IAS. Remained silent about his future plans, he said he would be addressing media Friday to announce his next move, political sources indicated that he would be joining the National Conference and might contest the Lok Sabha elections from Baramulla parliamentary seat.
As soon as the news of his resignation spread on social media, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah welcomed Faesal to the political fold.
“The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain. Welcome to the fold @shahfaesal,” Omar tweeted.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also welcomed Faesel’s resignation. “Welcome the stand to resign by @ShahFaesal to protest unabated killing of Kashmiris by GOI,” the separatist leader said.
Faesal’s resignation has come six months after the Jammu and Kashmir government initiated disciplinary action against him for a tweet on frequent rapes. Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training took serious notice of his tweet terming as his failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.
The outspoken officer had courted another controversy when he compared Article 35-A of the Constitution to a marriage deed between India and Jammu and Kashmir, saying if the constitutional provision granting special status to the state was scrapped, the marriage will be annulled. He had said the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India took place before the Constitution had come into force.