Hyderabad: Even as condolences pour in across the country following the demise of social activist Swami Agnivesh, retired IPS officer Nageswar Rao’s comments created a flutter on social media. Many slammed him for terming a person’s death as ‘good riddance’.
Hours after the death of Swami Agnivesh on 11th of September, the former Director ( in-charge) of the Central Bureau of Investigation, took to twitter to express his thoughts. He wrote, “Good riddance, You (referring to the social activist) were an anti-Hindu donning saffron clothes. You did enormous damage to Hinduism. I am shammed that you were born as a Telugu Brahmin, Lion in sheep’s clothes”,
Hinduism is NOT Faith. It’s Dharma. Faith is blind belief &Hinduism is against it. Critical Inquiry informs Dharma.
Vishnu took 9 avatars so far to kill Adharmics, which we celebrate as festivals. Are these festivals Hate Virus?
— M. Nageswara Rao IPS (@MNageswarRaoIPS) September 11, 2020
Twitterati came down heavily against the retired IPS, while few expressed doubts of his account being hacked. The Indian police foundation, an independent think tank called it an ‘insult’ to police inform.
Tweeting such hate messages by a retired officer posing as an IPS officer – he has desecrated the police uniform which he wore and embarrassed the government. He demoralises the entire police force in the country, especially the young officers. https://t.co/qOiI8D6dkO
— Indian Police Foundation (@IPF_ORG) September 12, 2020
While RTI activist and investigator Saket Gokhale has filed a complaint with the Department of personnel and Training- Ministry of personnel against Nageshwar Rao’s for using suffix ‘IPS’ when even after retirement.
What he’s doing is a crime under IPC Sec. 170 punishable with jail up to 2 years.
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) September 12, 2020
Senior police officers across states expressed their dissent over Mr Rao’s comments and urged him to tender an apology.
When NewsMeter contacted the 1986-batch IPS officer, he said, “ I stand with my thoughts. When asked if it was he who tweeted, the former officer said, “ Yes, I began operating my twitter account since July and those are my words”.
On guesses of him entering the political waters, he added, “ I have no interest in politics and want to spend my retirement with family.
To recall, Mr Rao was once interim director of CBI when a skirmish broke out between special director Rakesh Asthana and Director general Alok Verma. Few months into his new role, he was moved out and appointed as DG Fire services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. His transfer came as a demotion months before his retirement.