A deputy commissioner in Karnataka, S Sasikanth Senthil, submitted his resignation from the IAS on Friday, telling 'friends' in a letter that the "fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner".
Senthil is the Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner.
Though Senthil stated it was a personal decision, he said in a letter to 'friends' that he feels it is unethical for him to continue as a civil servant in the government when the "fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner".
He said the resignation was not in any way connected to any event or a particular person.
Earlier, Kannan Gopinathan, who was Secretary, Power Department, of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, submitted his resignation saying that he “wants to exercise my freedom of expression but it is not possible while I am in the service. There are certain rules and regulations in that."
Gopinathan, who hails from Kottayam District of Kerala, said that to abrogate Article 370 "is the right of an elected government", but in a democracy the people have the right to respond to such decisions.
With PTI inputs