Former Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde, on Monday, accused Sasikanth Senthil, the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district of “treason”. The bureaucrat has resigned from the Indian Administrative Services on Friday, saying that “fundamental building blocks of diverse democracy are being compromised in unprecedented manner.” Therefore he finds it “unethical” to continue as civil servant.

Hegde, famous for his outrageous remarks, on Monday, posted a video on Twitter. The accompanying message read, “Serving the government & yet questioning people representative’s decision taken as per constitutional norms, besides labelling it as fascist amounts to nothing less than #Rajadroha!”

The Karnataka cadre IAS officer Senthil wrote in his letter, “The coming days would present extremely difficult challenges in the basic fabric of the Nation. As such it would be better to be outside IAS to continue his work.”

Though he gave a clarification in his resignation that, “his decision is purely a personal one.”

The 2009 batch  IAS officer hails from Tamil Nadu and is 40 years old. He has earlier served in Shimoga, Raichur and other districts before taking charge in Dakshina Kannda two years ago. He is an engineering graduate.

Last month, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, also resigned from civil services stating that denial of “freedom of expression” to the people of Jammu and Kashmir was not acceptable to him, has been asked to resume duty and continue to work till his resignation is accepted

Gopinathan was the secretary, power department of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. He submitted his resignation to the Home Ministry on August 21. The Personnel Department of Daman and Diu has now asked him to attend the office till it is accepted.

Setting the trend, Shah Faesal, the former IAS officer from Kashmir also resigned from his post in January, to protest “unabated” killings in Kashmir and the of diminishing of Indian Muslims from the Indian mainstream.

Hegde, who is infamously known for making hate speeches and comments, had sparked controversy in January when he said that the hands which “touch” Hindu girls, should be “chopped off” and “cease to exist.”

In October 2017, Hegde had asked the Karnataka government to keep him out of the state’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations, calling the erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”.

Earlier this year, Hegde had termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a “hybrid specimen” born to a Muslim and a Christian. Launching a frontal attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde has questioned his Brahmin antecedents and religious affiliations as he said that Rahul Gandhi is the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother.

The Narendra Modi government in 2017, distanced itself from the remarks of Hegde who had criticised the word “secular” and said the BJP government would “amend the Constitution” to remove the word from the Preamble.