IAS officer Durga Nagpal likely to be chargesheeted in UP

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is likely to be chargesheeted by the Uttar Pradesh government for her alleged mishandling of a sensitive situation which could have adversely affected the communal harmony in the area.

Former Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Buddh Nagar, Nagpal was suspended by the state government for ordering the demolition of an under-construction mosque wall in Kadalpur village on July 27.

The state government suspended the 2010 batch-IAS officer for taking the step at a sensitive time during the month of Ramzan which could have led to a communal flare-up, according to the government, as per news reports.

The move was criticised by the state IAS Association and the opposition with the former claiming that there was no report from the district administration that there was any sort of communal tension in the area after the orders were given and hence the suspension should be revoked, reports stated.

However, the state government seems to be in no mood to relent and re-instate the suspended officer.

28-year-old Nagpal suspension came after she took on the powerful sand mafia in the state. She was suspended barely 10 months after she got her first posting here.

Nagpal had led a crackdown on unauthorised mining in the district and got over two dozen FIRs registered against those involved in illegally removing sand.