09/05/2016 10:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

IAS Officer Who Put His Foot On Hospital Bed Writes Unconditional Apology On Facebook


Recently, an IAS officer in Chhattisgarh sparked social media outrage after a photo of him -- standing with a foot resting on the steel rail of a hospital bed -- went viral. IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar has now tendered an apology on Facebook.

In his post, Sonkar said that the act was not intentional and he was sorry if anyone was hurt by it.

"This post is to tender an open unconditional apology in response to the picture of mine that is being circulated on social media and newspapers. No amount of words can justify the said act, although it was unintentional and was thoroughly avoidable. I understand the harm the act has inflicted on the image of the civil service fraternity. I apologise to each one of them." Sonkar posted on Facebook.

The IAS officer added that he is thankful to people who stood by him during this time of tough scrutiny.

Sonkar, a 2013-batch IAS officer who also has an MBBS degree was visiting a government Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre for a routine inspection and was interacting with mothers of malnourished children when he casually put his left foot up on the bed rail and leaned on it while speaking to the parent of a sick child.

Someone from the hospital clicked a photo and posted it on social media.

READ: Photo Of Chhattisgarh IAS Officer With A Foot On A Hospital Bed Goes Viral

The officer received criticism and the issue was raised with the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

Sonkar's gesture did not not go down well with the Chief Minister who told the media that he has instructed the General Administration Department (GAD) to "train new officers in social behaviour and public dealing before sending them to field posting."

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