Lucknow: There is outrage over the suspension of an IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh known for taking on the sand mafia. Representatives of the UP IAS association and Durga Shakti Nagpal, the sub-divisional magistrate who was suspended on Sunday, met the state chief secretary on Monday. He has assured them of looking into the matter after the officers asked the government to revoke the suspension.
"IAS officers met the Chief Secy and requested him to revoke the suspension. He has said he will look into the matter," said IAS officers' representative Parthasarthy Sen Sharma.
UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said, "Members of the IAS association came to me to discuss Durga Nagpal's suspension. They have demanded that her suspension be revoked and the reasons behind her suspension be investigated. I will take this case forward to the Chief Minister."
The government had earlier said that Nagpal was suspended for irregularities in her work, but the opposition says she was punished for taking on the sand mafia. The officer had ordered the seizure of 24 lorries engaged in illegal quarrying in the past few days and arrested fifteen offenders. She had red-flagged the illegal mining rampant in the area and recently unveiled a plan for more raids.
The Uttar Pradesh government is facing criticism for the move. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said, "There is a weak bureacracy. This weakness is protected by the interested politicians. Orders passed against people like Ashok Khemka or Durga have to be cleared at the top level of the CM."
AAP national convenir Arvind Kejriwal also hit out saying, "The government, instead of supporting an honest officer, has suspended her. AAP is with her and other IAS officers must also come out in support of Durga."