Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 5 AUG: As the UP government charge sheeted IAS officer Durga Sakhti Nagpal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the Centre is in touch with the state authorities on the issue and that laid down rules will be followed.
“We are in touch with the state government to find out the full details of the issue,” he told reporters outside Parliament House ahead of the start of the monsoon session.
He also said the the laid down rules to deal with such cases will be followed. “There are rules laid down and the rules will be followed,” he said.
The Centre had yesterday asked the UP government to immediately give a report on the suspension of Ms Nagpal, who had cracked down on sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar area.
Minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy said this is the third such letter sent to the state government so far after the 2010-batch IAS officer was suspended on 27 July.
The Centre’s fresh reminder came in the backdrop of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, who is chairperson of National Advisory Council (NAC), writing a letter to the Prime Minister, saying that Ms Nagpal should not be “unfairly treated”.
“We must ensure that the officer is not unfairly treated,” Mrs Gandhi had said in her letter to Mr Singh, who holds the charge of personnel ministry.
The UP government yesterday served a charge sheet to the IAS officer.
Ms Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar, who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on 27 July ostensibly for ordering demolition of a wall of a under-construction mosque allegedly without following the due process. Ms Nagpal belonged to the UP cadre.
Sources said that the charge sheet, which is believed to be running into 10 pages, was prepared based on a report of Commissioner (Meerut Division). It is being reported that the officer has got 15 days to respond to the charge sheet.