As Shah Faesal faces action, Abdullah backs him

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Vice-president National Conference Omar Abdullah defended Shah Faesal, an IAS officer, against disciplinary action for his posts on Twitter and Facebook.

The government of India has asked the state government to initiate departmental action against Faesal, who was first from state to top the IAS. The action has been for “violating the All India Services (conduct rules) through a tweet.”

While calling it a “love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia,” Faesal wrote, “The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”

A day after the controversy broke, Abdullah replied to Journalist Brajesh Kumar Singh in a series of tweets defending Faesal. “You have no problem when officers from Rajasthan & elsewhere defy “set norms of governance & conduct” yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all!” tweeted Abdullah.

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