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UP Police arrests Dalit scholar Kanwal Bharti for FB post on IAS officer Durga's suspension


Shreya Dhoundial, CNN-IBN
Aug 06, 2013 at 04:59pm IST

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested well know Dalit scholar Kanwal Bharti for his Facebook post on IAS officer Durga Nagpal's suspension.

Commenting on the suspension, Bharti said the Samajwadi Party has become blind to people's problems in their lust for power. The Dalit scholar was arrested on the basis of an FIR filed by Uttar Pradesh minister and senior SP leader Azam Khan's aide. Bharti has now been granted bail.

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Meanwhile, politics over Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension took another turn on Tuesday with sources saying that the Samajwadi Party and the Congress have reached a deal on the issue. Minister for Personnel V Narayanasamy met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to discuss the Durga case.

Sources said Narayanasamy reiterated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stand that rules should be followed in Durga's case. However, sources also said that Congress is attempting to make up with Samajwadi Party, especially after the party said it will back the Food Security Bill.

Sources said that the Uttar Pradesh government will revoke Durga's suspension once she responds to the chargesheet. The Samajwadi Party also wants Congress leaders to avoid all statements on the Durga issue while the Congress hopes that Mulayam will back the Food Security Bill.

After saying that those who are in the wrong need to be punished, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday that everyone wants to know the truth and they and should wait for the chargesheet. "The chargesheet had to be given and that's done. Now we should wait. Let the investigation finish and let the report come out. Even I want to know the truth just like you," he said in Lucknow.

Durga has already received the support of Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board and an intelligence report accessed by CNN-IBN, which has vindicated the IAS officer. The Waqf Board said she was trying to reclaim Waqf land, which angered the sand mining mafia active in the area.

Earlier, a Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) report sent to the Uttar Pradesh government said that the wall of an under-construction mosque was demolished in the presence of Circle officer/SDM Jewar and that the suspended IAS officer was not present at the spot.

Durga Shakti Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar, who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering the demolition of the wall allegedly without following the due process.

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