New Delhi: Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is set to be chargesheeted by the Uttar Pradesh government. The process of chargesheeting the officer will be as per law, said the UP administration.
According to the UP government, it is only after it serves a chargesheet, can Durga Shakti give an official explanation of her actions. The UP government further claimed that any decision on the IAS officer's future will be taken on receiving her response.
This came as the IAS officers association claimed she is being punished for taking on the sand mafia. She had ordered seizure of lorries engaged in illegal quarrying in the past few days and arrested fifteen offenders.
Sources say that the Uttar Pradesh governmnet, in the chargesheet against Durga, will also mention the demolition of the wall of a mosque in a village in greater Noida, following which strong reactions had come from the villagers.
The Uttar Pradesh government has been facing criticism from the Opposition, bureaucrats and IAS officers for the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been under pressure to revoke her suspension.
"A suspension order isn't up for debate, I will look into this on Wednesday," said Akhilesh Yadav, promising a review of his own decision. Durga, a 2009 batch IAS officer, had ordered a crackdown on illegal sand mining rampant on Yamuna and Hindon river beds. But she was suspended for her decision of bringing down a wall of a mosque in a village in Greater Noida, a move which generated some tension on the ground.
The villagers in Kadalpur say she came without an order to bring down the wall of the mosque and ever since the construction began in the last two months, no notice was served.
CNN-IBN has learnt that Durga Nagpal had prepared a list of sand mining units operating illegally in the area. It is believed that a local Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Bhati, who is allegedly linked to the mining mafia, put pressure on the party leadership to get the officer shifted. This is one reason why the matter has taken strong political overtones.
"I merely informed the authorities that the wall of the mosque has been brought down. After that they took the action against Durga Nagpal. Nothing more should be read into this," Bhati said.
"Damages should be imposed against those who take arbitrary decisions against honest IAS officers," said bureaucrat and whistleblower Ashok Khemka.
Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy has said that the state hasn't consulted the Centre on the issue yet.