IAS body, Opposition parties rally behind Durga Nagpal; UP govt in no mood to revoke suspension
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 20:15
  
Lucknow/New Delhi: Demands to revoke suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal grew louder on Wednesday with the central body of IAS officers seeking that the "wrong" be undone immediately and opposition BSP saying honest officials were facing hardships in the "goonda and mafia raj" of SP.

But, the Uttar Pradesh government appeared in no mood to revoke the suspension of the IAS officer with Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav saying it was a "misconception" that mining mafia had a hand in suspension of the SDM Gautam Buddha Nagar.

"No, nothing as such now...It's an administrative matter," Yadav told reporters in Lucknow when asked whether suspension of Nagpal will be revoked.

The All India IAS Association demanded immediate revocation of suspension of the young IAS officer who took stringent action against sand mafia.

"Whatever wrong has been should be immediately undone. Such action is not appropriate," Association's Secretary Sanjay R Bhoos Reddy said.

He said the Association's member will meet Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy, Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training, nodal authority for personnel matters of IAS, Dr Shyamal Sarkar and Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth tomorrow in support of its demand.

"We will meet the MoS, DoPT Secretary and Cabinet Secretary. We will ask them to intervene in the matter and revoke suspension of the IAS officer. We will also seek necessary safeguards in All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1969, for an officer," said Reddy, who is working as Joint Secretary in Agriculture Ministry.

Narayanasamy, however, said the Centre is awaiting a report from the Uttar Pradesh government based on which it will decide the future course of action.

"We are awaiting a report from Uttar Pradesh government. As per rules, state government needs to send a report (on suspension of an officer) to the Centre which is awaited," he said.

Holding that Nagpal's suspension proved that "goonda and mafia raj" was prevailing under SP rule in the state, BSP chief Mayawati demanded that the Centre and the UP Governor intervene in the matter.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 18:37


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