New Delhi, July 17: IAS topper Shah Faesal, cornered by his department for his ‘Rapistan’ tweet, has found an ally in Congress President Rahul Gandhi, reported ANI. The agency quotes the J&K unit of the Congress as saying, “All India Congress Committee President Rahul Gandhi in a letter praised him (Faesal) for courageously highlighting the issues that plague India.”

Last week, the state government was asked by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to share details of the case so that the course of action could be decided.  Faesal, the first topper from J-K, is currently pursuing a mid-career masters programme in the US, and is facing disciplinary proceedings over his controversial tweet.

In a notice to Faesal, the General Administration Department of Jammu and Kashmir, which is under the Governor’s rule, said, “You have allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in the discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant.”

As to Faesal’s tweet, it said, “Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan(sic).” As per guidelines, civil service officers can face disciplinary action if they criticise government policies. However, Faesal defended the post by saying he had not criticised any government policy. “If rape is part of government policy, then I plead guilty for criticism of the government policy,” he tweeted.

This is not the first time that Faesal finds himself in the news. A couple of years ago, Faesal had lambasted the “national media” for making him part of its “sadistic propaganda” and drawing his comparison with slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani.  Faesal, then Director (School Education), was incensed when some TV channels, during their primetime shows on the ongoing Kashmir unrest, aired his pictures alongside Wani’s bullet-riddled body.