Hon’ble Supreme Court recently stayed disciplinary proceedings     ( initiated by Kerala government) against a 1998 batch IAS officer, B Ashok. 

The officer had, in an article published in 2013, supported the then Gujarat chief minister (and current Prime Minister) Narendra Modi’s visit  to a  function in Kerala, something which the state government had opposed.

Supreme court's verdict over-riding  High court orders, will have far-reaching repercussions.

An officer is supposed to be politically neutral. Writing an article for or against a politician or its ideology, in the print media was strictly prohibited save with prior approval of competent authority.

The State govt was  within its right to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the offender for violation of Conduct Rules.

The matter calls for filing an SLP in the Apex court with prayer to review its decision.

DOP&T as nodal agency may take the initiative,even though the article had favoured PM Modi,who is the minister -in-charge of the deptt.


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A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.

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