UP govt to rethink on Durga Shakti Nagpal`s suspension?

With support growing for the suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh may revoke her suspension.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With support growing for the suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, accused of razing a wall of an under construction mosque in a village in Greater Noida, the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh may revoke her suspension.

Reports, Wednesday, said that the Akhilesh Yadav government will revoke Durga`s suspension once she responds to the chargesheet filed against her.

If sources are to be believed, a deal has been reached between Congress and the Samajwadi Party on revoking the suspension of Nagpal in lieu of latter`s support to the UPA government`s crucial Food Security Bill, which is due to be debated in Parliament during the ongoing Monsoon Session.

The indications in this regard came after Minister of State (MoS) for Personnel V Narayanasamy met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to discuss the Durga case.

During the meeting, Narayanasamy reiterated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s stand that rules should be followed in Durga`s case and reportedly asked the SP chief to press the UP government to reconsider its stand on the issue.
Attempts were also made to resolve all issues with the Samajwadi Party, especially after the latter announced that it will back the Food Security Bill if it protects the farmers` interest.

In lieu of withdrawing her suspension, the Samajwadi Party wants Congress leaders to avoid all statements on the Durga issue that has brought the UP government in a bad light.

Meanwhile, a PIL has been filed challenging the suspension of Nagpal in the Supreme Court, seeking an ex parte stay on all proceedings against her.

Durga has already received the support of Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board and an intelligence report, which has vindicated the IAS officer. The Waqf Board said she was trying to reclaim Waqf land, which angered the sand mining mafia active in the area.
Earlier, a Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) report sent to the Uttar Pradesh government said that the wall of an under-construction mosque was demolished in the presence of Circle officer/SDM Jewar and that the suspended IAS officer was not present at the spot.

Durga Shakti Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar, who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering the demolition of the wall allegedly without following the due process.

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