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UP government revokes suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal


Bhupendra Chaubey,CNN-IBN
Sep 22, 2013 at 10:23pm IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh on Sunday revoked the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal. Nagpal was the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) for Gautam Budh Nagar.

She was suspended for allegedly breaking down a wall of an under-construction mosque in Kadalpur on July 28. The state government had maintained that her action could have triggered communal tension in the area.

There were criticisms leveled against the state government for allegedly suspending her because she has carried out campaigns against sand mafia in Noida.

The UP government had in August ordered an inquiry into the case. The government had asked Principal Secretary (Home), RM Srivastava to conduct an inquiry into all aspects of the case.

The government had appointed an inquiry officer in the case after the reply filed by Nagpal "did not match government records, particularly pertaining to the ownership of the land" on which the under-construction mosque, which was demolished on her orders, had existed in Kadalpur village on July 27.

According to the reply submitted by Nagpal, the land belonged to 'gram sabha', but government records say otherwise. Sources said that while Nagpal claimed that she acted under the instructions of a senior officer, a government report suggested that she went on her own.

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