Durga Shakti Nagpal finds herself at the centre of another row — with a Samajwadi Party leader (SP) alleging that the 2010-batch IAS officer had him thrown out of her office.
Nagpal, who is posted as Chief Development Officer (CDO) in Mathura, was suspended last year for ordering the demolition of a wall of an under-construction mosque at Kadalpur village at Gautam Budh Nagar.
The incident reportedly took place when Jageshwar Yadav, a local SP leader, had gone to meet Nagpal to discuss re-boring of handpumps in his area. “The work is pending for the past two years. I had gone to meet Nagpal along with four others in this regard. As she was doing some work, we took a seat and started discussing the issue among ourselves,” Jageshwar told The Indian Express.
He claimed Nagpal suddenly lost her cool and said they cannot talk in her office without her permission. “We politely stated we were only discussing things for presenting before her and that it is a government office,” Jageshwar added. He alleged Nagpal then called her security guard and had all of them thrown out of the office.
Jageshwar, along with Kishore Singh, who is former district president of SP’s Mathura unit, and several other local leaders has met District Magistrate B Chandrakala and SSP Manzil Saini and apprised them of the incident.
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“We will also meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and demand action against Nagpal,” Kishore Singh said. Jageshwar, who is the outgoing district president of SP’s youth wing Yuvjan Sabha, is reportedly close to the CM.
The district unit president of SP, meanwhile, claimed he had no information about the incident. “I got the information when local mediapersons called me up. There are many complaints against her (Nagpal),” Gurudev Sharma said. He confirmed a delegation of SP leaders from Mathura will reach Lucknow soon and meet the CM in this regard.
DM Chandrakala, too, said a delegation of SP leaders had met her with respect to the incident but refused to comment. “It would be better if you talk to ‘Madam’ (Nagpal) directly,” she said. Nagpal also did not comment. “I don’t want to say anything on this matter,” she said.
The IAS officer was suspended in July last year after the Gautam Budh Nagar incident. She was served a chargesheet and her suspension was revoked in September last year.