Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said today that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government would serve a show-cause notice to IAS officer Niyaz Khan who had raked up a controversy with his remarks on the movie The Kashmir Files on Twitter. “The issue of Niyaz Khan is a serious one, he is crossing limits and shall be served a show-cause notice,” Mishra said when asked if the government was contemplating any action against the IAS officer.
An IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, Khan is as of now serving as deputy secretary in the state’s Public Works Department. He hogged the limelight after suggesting on Twitter that the producers of The Kashmir Files should make a movie about the supposed predicament of Muslims in the country.
“(The) Kashmir Files shows the pain of Brahmins. They should be allowed to live safely in Kashmir with all honour. The producer must also make a movie to show the killings of (a) large number of Muslims across several states. Muslims are not insects but human beings and citizens of (the) country,” he had tweeted.
Khan, who has written several novels in the past, said that he intended to write a book on the “atrocities against Muslims” so that a filmmaker could produce a movie based on it at a later date.
Khan first came under attack from BJP MLA Rameshwar Sharma, who alleged that his stand for one particular community violated service conduct rules. Sharma advised Khan to quit the Indian Administrative Service and openly fight for the community whose ’cause’ he was trying to espouse.
Instead of backing down in the face of backlash, Khan went one step further and said in another tweet that the profits earned by the movie should be donated for the education of children of Kashmiri Pandits and for the construction of houses for them in Kashmir.
This evoked a response from Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the director of the film, who in a tweet said that he would be travelling to Bhopal on 25 March and meet with Khan to discuss how he could help.