Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension correct and final

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Mulayam-Singh-YadavLucknow: Unmindful of the criticism coming its way over the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, the Samajwadi Party remained resolute on Monday against any re-look.

Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav minced no two words when he firmly ruled out any possibility of her suspension being revoked. He asserted that Akhilesh government’s decision was “correct and final.”If the government had not taken a decision it would have been a problem,” Yadav told reporters outside Parliament.

Yadav seniors support came hours after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav stressed that Durga was suspended on solid grounds, implying that the question of a relook does not arise.“If an officer makes a mistake, he/she is punished. This is how a government works,” he said.

“When we (SP govt) take a decision entire media is after us, in the past so many SDM’s have been suspended,”” he said.

Taking a dig at his predecessor Mayawati, the Chief Minister claimed that IAS officers who move freely today used to take off their shoes before meeting her. “Several officers were also suspended during Mayawati’s tenure,” he pointed out.

Akhliesh’s uncle and Rajys Sabha MP, Ram Gopal Yadav, was also in combat mode. “If this undue pressure continues (from the Centre), my government will write to the Centre to take back all IAS and IPS officers, we will continue with state officers,” he said.

The angry reaction from the Samajwadi Party leaders came even as parties across the political divide professed support to Durga Shakti.

Speaking on the issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “There are rules laid down. They will be followed. We are in touch with the state government to get details of the case.”

Importantly, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure fair treatment for Nagpal and stressed need for safeguards to protect officials “working to uphold rule of law”.

The centre has also officially sought reply from the state government. The defiant state government responded by slapping a chargesheet on the officer accusing her of lacking administrative acumen and foresight and risking communal harmony during the holy month of Ramzan.

Nagpal, a 28-year-old 2009-batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government on July 29.




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