New Delhi, July 11: He created history by becoming the first Kashmiri to top civil service exams in 2010. Now IAS officer Shah Faesal is again in the news, this time for having a departmental inquiry initiated against him for an April tweet, say media reports. On April 22, Faesal had tweeted, “Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!”

The former Managing Director of J&K State Power Development Corporation is currently on a Fulbright scholarship to the US. On Tuesday, he posted an image of the letter he received by email with a message that read, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. 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.”

The letter he posted stated, “The department of personnel and training, Government of India, a copy of communication along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in which contents are prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of all India services (service rules).”

The letter said the Government had asked the J&K General Administration Department (GAD) to initiate an inquiry into Faesal’s tweets. GAD noted that Faesal has allegedly “failed in maintaining absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of public servant.”

An English daily quotes Faesal as saying, “It’s nothing but bureaucratic over-enthusiasm…I don’t think this warrants any action. Rape is not part of government policy that criticism of rape would mean criticism of government policy and invite action.”