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HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
Lucknow/Greater Noida, August 02, 2013
Suspended bureaucrat Durga Shakti Nagpal has got her just deserts and the action against her has nothing to do with illegal sand mining in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has claimed. On Thursday, amid clamour to revoke the suspension, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav stepped forward to defend the government action.

Nagpal’s suspension for allegedly demolishing a newly-built boundary wall of a mosque in Noida had spread outrage. In view of her ongoing crackdown on illegal sand mining, the government action has been seen as strengthening the hand of the mining mafia.

“The state government has not intervened to check officers acting against mining mafia,” Yadav insisted on Thursday. “Her suspension has nothing to do with the action against mining mafia.”

The chief minister’s comments come on the heels of a magisterial probe into Nagpal’s alleged demolition drive, which reportedly gave her a clean chit. Yadav said even the probe report has to be probed.

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Bhati trashed the report too, calling it “wrong, disappointing, and far from truth”. “Nagpal demolished the wall on the DM’s orders and the DM should be punished for giving a false report,” Bhati added.

The villagers at Noida’s Kadalpur claimed they had demolished it in presence of Nagpal and the police. “She asked us to demolish the wall. We resisted but in vain,” said Tofiq Ali, a villager.

Ravikant Singh, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, was unavailable for comment.