Punjab invites Durga to join its cadre

Chandigarh/New Delhi, Aug 6 : The Punjab government on Tuesday invited suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who allegedly faced the music for acting tough on sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh, to join her original cadre.

"We are inviting her (Nagpal) to join her original state cadre of Punjab. We will be more than happy to welcome such an honest and brave officer here," Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told reporters in Chandigarh.

Pertinently, Nagpal's cadre was changed after she got married to Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer Abhishek Singh.

Meanwhile, a petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma on Tuesday filed a Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on Nagpal's suspension.

The National Commission for Women has sought a report from the Akhilesh Yadav-led UP government on Nagpal's suspension for allegedly demolishing a mosque wall at a village in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to suspend Nagpal was correct.

"I don't understand why the media loves her (Nagpal) so much? The UP government took a correct decision and it is final. Her suspension won't be revoked," said Mulayam told reporters outside the Parliament on Monday.

Earlier the same day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav justified Nagpal's suspension.

Addressing Samajwadi Party workers in Lucknow, Yadav said: "Just like naughty children are punished by their parents and teachers, all governments have the right to punish an official who makes a mistake."

"The Centre may recall all its IAS officers. We don't need them. We can do on our own," Yadav said hinting at the recent barbs exchanged between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) over the issue.

"Now they are criticizing us. But let us not forget that IAS officers who move freely today used to take off their shoes before meeting Mayawati (former UP CM and BSP supremo). Even Mayawati suspended several IAS officers during her tenure," he said.

The Uttar Pradesh government has served a chargesheet to Nagpal.

According to the state government, Nagpal was suspended as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar for ordering the demolition of a wall of compound that was to house a mosque.

Yadav's SP government has said that move risked flaring communal tensions.

Supporters of the 28-year-old bureaucrat however said she was suspended for her actions against the state's powerful sand mafia who have a nexus with top political leaders in Uttar Pradesh.

SP leader Narendra Bhati was even caught on camera boasting that he got Nagpal suspended in 40 minutes for her actions, sparking a controversy.

The 10-page chargesheet served to Nagpal said that she should have first served a notice before bringing down the wall and asked her to file her report on the matter within 15 days.

The chargesheet, a copy of which has also been sent to the Centre along with preliminary report following the controversy, also said that her suspension can be revoked pending an enquiry.

--IBNS (Posted on 06-08-2013)

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