Bhopal: Minister demands action against IAS officer over his comments, says he violated service conduct rules

Director of movie Vivek Agnihotri seeks appointment from officer for discussion.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Sunday, March 20, 2022, 11:29 PM IST
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Bhopal: MP’s Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang on Sunday demanded action against IAS officer Niyaz Khan over his comments that there should be a film on killing of Muslims, too.

Sarang’s reaction came on the heels of Khan urging the producers of 'The Kashmir Files' to make another film on the "killings of a large number of Muslims across several states." The IAS officer feels that such a film would be in order as members of the minority community are "not insects, but citizens of the country".

The officer also appealed to the film producer to funnel all his earnings from the movie into Brahmin children's education and construction of homes for them in Kashmir.

Sarang found the comments hardly charitable and said the officer's tweets were "firqa parast" (sectarian) and he should be removed from his post of deputy secretary.

“What Niyaz Khan has done is only to bring himself into the limelight. He is trying to promote sectarianism and create chaos which can’t be allowed. I am going to write to the Department of Personnel of Training and seek action against him.”

On this, Khan said he will reply to the government when clarification is sought. “I am answerable to the government and not to ‘netas’. It is also a question of my right to expression,” said the IAS officer.

Earlier, senior BJP leader Govind Maloo had demanded action against the bureaucrat.

Responding to Khan’s loaded remarks, the director of the movie, Vivek Agnihotri, sought an appointment with the officer for ‘exchange of ideas.’The director is scheduled to visit the state capital on March 25.

Khan has authored seven books and stepped into the arc lights after he filed a case against renowned filmmaker Prakash Jha on charges of copying his story from the novel ‘Untold Secrets of my Ashram.’ Once he wanted to meet gangster Abu Salem in jail to author a book on him.

‘‘He has no right....The way he has started issuing statements and started a Twitter war, this is against service rules," Sarang said.

“He (Khan) is holding an administrative post. He should have known his boundaries. This is against service rules. I will write a letter against Khan to the Personnel Department," the minister said.

He said a case of misconduct should be filed against the IAS officer and he should be removed from his post.

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