Officer&’s action threatened communal tension: UP govt
press trust of india
Lucknow/New Delhi, 4 August
The Uttar Pradesh government today served a charge-sheet to suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had cracked down on the sand mafia involved in rampant quarrying along the banks of the Yamuna river.
Hours after the Centre had sought a report from the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government on Ms Nagpal&’s suspension, the state responded, sending a copy of the charge-sheet along with a report to the Department of Personnel and Training(DoPT), official sources said.
Ms Nagpal, who belongs to the UP cadre, was suspended on 27 July for ordering the demolition of a wall of a local under-construction mosque without following due process.
Sources said that the 10-page-long charge-sheet was prepared based on a report of Commissioner (Meerut Division). It is reported that the officer has got 15 days to respond to the charge-sheet. The charge-sheet comes a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make sure that the young IAS officer is not “unfairly
According to Union Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy, three letters were sent to the state government seeking an immediate report on the suspension of the 2010-batch IAS officer. The Akhilesh Yadav government had justified the suspension, saying her actions could have stoked communal tension.
The charge-sheet, among other things, is reported to have pointed out that the officer should have first served a notice before bringing down the wall.
The suspension triggered a huge public outcry against the UP government, which justified its action and stood defiant against calls to revoke her suspension.
“The Centre will decide on its future course of action on the basis of Uttar Pradesh government’s response,” said Mr Narayanasamy.
Ms Nagpal is at present attached to the Board of Revenue in Lucknow.