The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh issued a show cause notice to IAS officer Ajay Singh Gangwar, ex-collector of Barwani district, on Monday in the wake of his Facebook post praising former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and alleged attack on the saffron brigade.
The move comes days after Gangwar was transferred as deputy secretary at the secretariat in Bhopal.
Gangwar reportedly ‘liked’ a post against Modi on January 23, 2015 and wrote a comment, which read: “Modi ke khilaph jankranti honi chaia (sic) (A revolution should be initiated against Modi).”
He also wrote on his Facebook page: “Pls let me know the mistakes Nehru should not have committed…It was his mistake if he didn’t allow you to become a Hindu Talibani Rashtra in 1947…It was his mistake that he brought IIT, ISRO, BARC, IISB, IIM, BHEL STEEL PLANT, Dams, Thermal Power… (sic)”.
Sources said Gangwar’s actions violated the All India Service (conduct) Rules, 1968.
Gangwar received support from a section of government officials against his removal, but a senior government official justified the action taken against him.
“A strict message has to be sent to the bureaucracy that freedom of expression doesn’t mean writing anything, that too in utter disregard to All India Service (conduct) Rules. If such an action is not taken then any official will like to write anything on the social media and there will be a chaotic atmosphere in the bureaucracy,” he told HT.
Immediately after his transfer, Gangwar said the post was his personal opinion “meant for a discussion exclusively among Facebook friends and is a kind of satire.”
He went on leave after his transfer and was unavailable for further comments.