Francis Noronha resigns from govt service over complaint against his novel 

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Francis Noronha, Coverpage of 'Masterpiece' | Photo: Mathrubhumi Books

Kozhikode: Noted writer Francis Noronha resigned from government services after a complaint was lodged against his novel ‘Masterpiece’. He has stepped down from the post of senior clerk at a family court in Alappuzha.

Although the writer has three years left in service, he decided to opt for an early resignation following the probe against his novel.

Taking to Facebook, Noronha explained that he reached such a decision in connection with the probe over the complaint against his novel and added that he decided to choose survival over livelihood.

Earlier, a complaint was lodged at the High Court against ‘Masterpiece’, a novel which entailed the bad trends in literature. Following this, a probe was launched into the issue.

Further, ‘Kakkukali’, a play written by KB Ajayakumar based on Noronha’s novel, also landed in controversy after Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) termed its content anti-Christian in nature.

“My head officials asked me to continue in the service after giving a rectification. However, while ‘Kakkukali’ stays in controversy, my official life and writing will not be easy,” he wrote.

“I’m not ready to accept defeat before those who lodged complaints against me. There is an unknown enemy somewhere amidst the pages of Masterpiece. Let me take my pen…”, he added.

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