SC to hear suspended IAS officer Durga Nagpal case on August 12

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation on August 12, challenging the suspension of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Durga Shakti Nagapal by the Uttar Pradesh Government for allegedly demolishing a wall of a mosque in Gautam Buddh Nagar District.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam listed the PIL by advocate M L Sharma for hearing.

According to reports, the court fixed the date after the petitioner pleaded for an urgent hearing alleging that Nagpal is suffering hardship for following Supreme Court's order on preventing unauthorised construction of religious buildings on public land and the apex court should protect her.

Reports also state that the petitioner, who contended that the action taken against Nagpal was arbitrary and unconstitutional, also made the UP government and the Centre as respondents.

Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for taking on the sand mafia and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque that was being built on government land in the state's Gautam Buddh Nagar District, where she was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS officer had seized nearly 300 trolleys of sand being illegally mined from the Yamuna river bed.

Though the Uttar Pradesh Government has called it as an 'administrative decision', against her for demolishing a wall which was part of an intended mosque, but many believe that it was the result of pressure from the mining mafia.

Commenting on Nagpal's suspension, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on August 6 said rules laid down would be followed in the case.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has maintained his stand on the suspension of the IAS officer.

"If an official makes a mistake then the government punishes the official. This is the way government works," Yadav said.

A copy of the chargesheet along with a report has been sent to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) at the Centre. The Samajwadi Party Government's 10-page chargesheet accuses Nagpal of violating norms while ordering the demolition of the wall of a mosque built illegally on government land at Gautam Budh Nagar in Greater Noida. (ANI)


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