Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal served chargesheet by UP govt

Akhilesh Yadav government on Sunday evening served a chargesheet to the IAS office.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Inspite of intense criticism of the Uttar Pradesh government for suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal, the Akhilesh Yadav government decided to brazen it out and served a chargesheet to the IAS officer on Sunday evening.

Copies of chargesheet, suspension order and commissioner`s report has been sent to the Centre.

The chargesheet, which is believed to be running into 10 pages, was prepared based on a report of Commissioner (Meerut Division). As per reports, it has been said in the chargesheet that the IAS officer had not adhered to the rules while demolishing a mosque wall.

It has also been said that even though there was no tension in the area, the SDM went to the site. Nagpal has been given 15 days to file her reply.

Akhilesh government had said earlier that the officer could explain her position after a chargesheet had been served to her and that any decision on the matter would be taken after she gave her response.

The chargesheet comes a day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make sure that the young IAS officer is not unfairly treated.

The Samajwadi Party had hit back at the Congress today over Sonia`s letter and had questioned as to what they had done about Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who had allegedly been transferred for questioning Robert Vadra`s land deals.

In a retort to SP`s barbs, the Congress said that Sonia was well within her rights to question the suspension of the IAS officer and that the whole matter had gone beyond the boundaries of Uttar Pardesh.

The Centre had sought a report from Samajwadi Party on suspension of Durga Nagpal. It has been alleged that she was suspended by the Akhilesh government for her alleged crack down on sand mafia involved in rampant quarrying along the banks of Yamuna River.

Durga Shakti Nagpal belongs to the UP cadre. She was suspended on July 27 apparently for ordering demolition of a wall of a local under-construction mosque without following the due process.

The UP government has come under sharp criticism for the suspension of the officer, with all major Opposition parties, including the BJP and BSP accusing Akhilesh Yadav and his ministers of protecting the sand mafia.

The matter took a turn for the worst when a Samajwadi Party leader, Narendra Bhati, was caught on camera boasting that he had got Nagpal suspended in 41 minutes.

Meanwhile, supposedly miffed at Congress` intervention in the suspension of Nagpal, the SP has threatened to not support the Food Security Bill in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

The Monsoon Session is set to begin from tomorrow.