Karnataka IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin has been served a show-cause notice for a social media post about the Tablighi Jamaat.
In his post, Mohsin said Jamaat members who had recovered from the infection and donated plasma – to be used for an experimental coronavirus treatment – were “heroes” and their contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 virus were being ignored.
Mohsin is currently serving as a secretary in the Backward Class Welfare Department.
“More than 300 Tablighi heroes are donating plasma to serve the country. What about the media? They will not show the works of humanity done by these heroes,” Mohammed Mohsin tweeted on April 27.
Mohsin has been given five days to respond to the notice, which was issued on April 30, failing which action will be taken against him under the All India Service Rule (1968).
“The adverse coverage this tweet has got in the media has been taken note (of) given the serious nature of the COVID-19 issue,”The Karnataka government has criticised the tweet.
Mohsin was briefly suspended during Lok Sabha elections in April last year for ordering a check of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter. The suspension order was stayed but disciplinary action was recommended.