I am a gazetted officer in the Govt. of the State of Karnataka. Recently, I had posted the following comment in my Facebook Profile:
“Hear both the parties before adjudication” – a popular legal maxim. Unfortunately, Indian bureaucracy is still ‘administered’ by BASTARDS who know nothing about fundamental law..."
The comment was made in the context of allegations of involvement of various senior officers in different scams popular in the country. The comment was not directed against any particular officer.
A print-out of the Facebook profile was obtained by some stranger who had become my Facebook Friend, and sent the print-out to the Head of the Department along with a note that the comment refers to the Head of the Department himself!
In the complaint letter sent to the HOD, the sender has used a fictitious name and address. Yet, the HOD issued a Notice to me and sought my explanations to the comment. I gave a written explanation that the comment is general in nature, and has been made by me in my personal capacity. The reply by me was not accepted, and the HOD has formally framed charges against me to continue disciplinary-action proceedings.
What should I do now?