National Commission for Minorities chairman Wajahat Habibullah on Saturday joined the chorus against Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension, insisting that the decision wasn’t right even if she had been in the wrong.
“A young IAS officer... it is wrong to be treated in this manner. Even if she was wrong, I would support the idea that an explanation should have been called and then, an inquiry conducted, if considered necessary,” Habibullah — who heads the commission mandated to protect the rights of minorities — told HT.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had justified the suspension, saying she had “vitiated” communal harmony by demolishing the wall of a religious place. It is a charge that Nagpal — the Gautam Budh Nagar sub-divisional magistrate who had been active against the local sand mafia — has flatly denied. She has told her superiors the villagers had demolished the wall on their own after she told them it was illegal.
Habibullah said he wasn’t aware of the factual position since the NCM hadn’t inquired into the case in the absence of a complaint. Even if she had demolished the wall of a religious place and endangered communal harmony, steps to restore normalcy should have been taken.
Habibullah’s view finds echo within the civil service.
Agreed AN Tiwari, former secretary of the department of personnel & training which frames the central government’s human resource policy.
“I do not think that such a young officer has ever been treated in this manner,” said Tiwari, calling the Samajwadi Party government’s move the lowest point in the history of the Indian civil service.