17 aug 2013
Durga Shakti Nagpal submits her reply to charges by Uttar Pradesh government
File photo of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal
“She will take care of herself, she can question her suspension at the right forum,” the court told petitioner ML Sharma, who had argued that she was penalised for following the Supreme Court’s own orders. IAS officers have been mandated by the Supreme Court to order the demolition of structures being built illegally on government land.
The top court also said it could consider a petition if Ms Nagpal herself approached the court.
Ms Nagpal’s suspension as the SDM of Gautam Buddh Nagar by the UP government had led to widespread outrage across the country. Her supporters allege that she was victimised because she was targeting the area’s politically-connected sand mafia.
However, the Samajwadi Party has defied calls to reconsider her case, even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was looking into it and “rules will be followed”.
The prime minister had been asked by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to ensure that the officer was not treated unfairly.
Two days ago, the Uttar Pradesh government also transferred Ms Nagpal’s husband Abhishek Singh, a Noida officer who has been now posted in Jhansi. State government officials said it was a routine transfer as he was among 16 officers from his batch who have been posted as Joint Magistrates across the state