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UP govt unlikely to revoke SDM suspension

In spite of criticism from opposition parties and the demand from the state’s IAS Association to revoke the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: July 31, 2013 12:44 am

In spite of criticism from opposition parties and the demand from the state’s IAS Association to revoke the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal,former Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Buddh Nagar,the Uttar Pradesh government is not likely to do so immediately.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,who returned from his Karnataka visit on Tuesday,appears to have taken a tough stand on the issue.

Nagpal,a 2009-batch IAS officer,was suspended on Satuday night by the UP government for demolishing the wall of an under-construction mosque in village Kadalpur,allegedly for not following proper procedure. The action could adversely affect communal harmony in the area,the government had said.

Nagpal,who has been attached to Board of Revenue (BoR) at Lucknow,reported at BoR and met secretary Anil Kumar and chairman Jagan Mathews on Tuesday,but did not stay for long.

Sources said the CM was in no mood to revoke Nagpal’s suspension because it had nothing to do with her action against sand mafia,for which she had drawn support from opposition parties. The suspension was ordered because of the demolition of the mosque’s wall,they clarified.

Sources also said the demolition of the mosque wall was brought to the government’s notice by Arshad Madani,the chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.

“The mosque wall was demolished and now whatever has been done is good. There is nothing more to discuss. I have said what I had to say. Now I am busy with my religious duties during Ramzan,” Madani said when asked about the matter.

Regarding the demand for revocation of Nagpal’s suspension,Samajwadi Party’s state spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary said,“The action has been taken and the whole episode is in the knowledge of the CM. He will take action at an appropriate time.”

SP leaders did not seem to like the manner in which the IAS Association took up the issue with the Chief Secretary and highlighted it to the media on Monday. The leaders of the ruling party pointed out that these officers never spoke out against any action of the previous Mayawati government.

In its meeting with the Chief Secretary,the association had argued that Nagpal should not have been suspended without a hearing. Besides,there was no report from the district administration that her action in ordering demolition of the mosque wall had in any way threatened communal peace.

A senior minister said: “Revoking Nagpal’s suspension will give the signal that the CM has succumbed to the pressure of the IAS lobby. Even the opposition parties will hail it as their victory. Both will not be good for us.”

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