Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has said he regretted having posted suspended IAS official Durga Shakti Nagpal to a prime district like Noida at the request of her IAS officer husband posted in Ghaziabad.
The chief minister, in an interview to foreign journal on Wednesday, regretted having acceded to the demand of her husband on purely humanitarian grounds.
Akhilesh Yadav, however, defended the action of his government to suspend Nagpal. He said he had never interfered in the working of the official. "I have no knowledge what she did against the mining activities in the area," the chief minister was quoted as saying and denied any link between Nagpal's suspension and the mining activities.
Reiterating the previously stated stand of the government that the SDM of Noida was suspended following her orders to demolish the boundary wall of an under construction mosque in Kadalpur village of Greater Noida, the UP chief minister said that to write and speak about any action, one would have to understand the complexities of the state as large as Uttar Pradesh.
There have been communal flare-ups in the state and under such circumstances, the government cannot be expected to sit back, he said.