Agencies, New Delhi The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking dropping of all proceedings initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government against the suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal on August 16.
According to the petitioner, an upright and honest officer is being victimised for merely doing her duty and taking on sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar district of UP. The petitioner has also prayed to the apex court to order the immediate reinstatement of the young female IAS officer. The PIL comes at time when media reported a Samajwadi Party leader Narender Bhatti boasting at a public meeting that he gor Ms Nagpal suspended within 41 minutes.
The 28-year-old officer was asked to go without any showcause notice. Meanwhile, Union environment minister, Jayanti Natrajan, has said illegal sand mining is still going on in Noida on mass scale and she plans to write to the Akhilesh Yadav government to act against the sand mafia. Ms Nagpal was earlier suspended for allegedly demolishing a wall of an under-construction Mosque. However, many reports including that of the UP vigilance department had given her a clean chit, saying that she did not order the demolition.
Mr Batti was said to be miffed with the officer as she was taking action against those indulging in illegal sand mining along the Yamuna river-bed where she also booked one Khari, who was said to close to Mr Bhatti. In the meantime, all the India IPS officers association has also come out in support of Ms Nagpal and have demanded action against those responsible for harassing the 28-year-old IAS officer. They have also appealed to the government for her immediate re-instatement as Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Noida.