STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 8 August
The Supreme Court will hear on 12 August a petition seeking a stay on the suspension order of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal by the Uttar Pradesh government.
A Bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai today agreed to look into the matter when petitioner advocate M L Sharma mentioned it before the court.
The petitioner has also sought restrictions on the proceedings related to a chargesheet issued to Ms Nagpal by the state government.
Ms Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for breaking down a wall of a mosque, an action the state government said could have triggered communal tension.
Mr Sharma said the action of the state government amounted to contempt of court as it was contrary to the 29 September 2009 order which said no authorised structure would come up on public land in the name of a religious place.
The apex court on 29 September 2009 directed collectors and officers in all states that no unauthorised construction shall be carried out or permitted in the name of temple, church, mosque or gurdwara, on public streets, public parks or other public places.
Mr Sharma said Ms Nagpal&’s suspension was “a new low in a long process of the subversion of bureaucracy”.