Senthil’s colleague Gopinathan had resigned from service in August to protest “denial of freedom of expression to the people of Jammu and Kashmir”, following abrogation of Article 370. Gopinathan, who was the secretary of the power department of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, submitted resignation to the home ministry on August 21. However, he was asked to resume duty and continue to work till his resignation was accepted.