Akhilesh defends suspension of IAS officer

Lucknow, Aug 5 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav again justified the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal Monday, a day after she was served a chargesheet.

He said his government had acted in accordance with the service rules that govern the Indian Administrative Service cadre.

"Any official who does wrong would be punished... there are no two thoughts about this," he said at the sidelines of a function here.

He also demanded to know why the media was giving so much prominence to the suspension of Nagpal, and cited the case of many other officials who were suspended across the country.

Referring to the action against Nagpal, the former sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Noida, he said in life "many of us" would have been reprimanded by parents and class teachers.

The government says it suspended the lady official because her decision to demolish the wall of a mosque could have led to communal tension.

But it is widely believed that Nagpal was suspended for taking on the sand mafia allegedly linked to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

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