The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday issued the chargesheet against suspended Gautam Budh Nagar sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal, giving the IAS officer 15 days to reply to the charges against her, said a government official.
A copy of the chargesheet was sent to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), as required under the provisions of the All India
Supporters take out a Mashal March in support of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar who had taken on the mining mafia in Greater Noida region, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
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The state government in its chargesheet has said Nagpal did not follow due process of law while getting the wall of a religious place demolished at Kadalpur village in the district on July 27.
The state government has further pointed out that her act to demolish the wall could have led to breach of peace, especially in the backdrop of an alert to all district authorities to maintain communal harmony in view of Ramzan and the movement of Kanwarias.
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According to the official, Meerut divisional commissioner Manjit Singh was asked to send the draft chargesheet against Nagpal. The state appointment department received the draft chargesheet on Saturday morning and it was issued a day later after being scrutinised by senior officers, the official added.
All India Democratic Women's Association (aidwa) members participate in a candle light march in support of Durga
The chargesheet has been issued even as calls for revocation of her suspension have become louder across the state and country. Even Congress president Sonia Gandhi has stepped in, writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure Nagpal is not “unfairly treated”.
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Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, has maintained that his government’s action to place the officer under suspension was fully justified. The state government would follow the due process of law, he said.
Supporters of Bhagat Singh Sena take out a Mashal March in support of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal (Photo: Vipin Kumar/HT)
A senior government officer said, “The state government might withdraw the charges and the suspension if it is satisfied with the reply of the officer. An inquiry officer will be appointed to probe the charges. She might face further disciplinary action if the state government is not satisfied with her reply.”
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