IAS officer Durga reinstated by UP govt

IAS officer Durga reinstated  by UP govt

Almost two months after being suspended allegedly for demolishing the walls of an under construction mosque at a village in Gautam Buddh Nagar district, IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was on Sunday reinstated by the UP government.

The reinstatement of Durga Nagpal comes a day after her meeting with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during which she reportedly “regretted” her action. A one-line official communique said that Ms Nagpal had been reinstated.

Nagpal had reportedly expressed “regret” over her action “paving the way for revocation of her suspension.” Sources had indicated soon after the meeting that the chief minister was satisfied with her “explanation” and she could be reinstated by Sunday. The government had earlier asked Principal Secretary R M Srivastava to investigate the matter.

Her suspension had triggered a nation-wide outrage and several organisation as well as political parties had demanded her reinstatement. It was alleged that she had been suspended for taking on the sand mafia, who enjoyed the patronage of local Samajwadi Party leaders.

In her reply to the charge sheet served on her by the government, Nagapal had denied that she had any role in the demolition of the wall of the mosque. The official had seized many dumpers and vehicles rubbing the sand mafia the wrong way. A video that came to light later also showed a kin of an SP leader saying that many senior SP leaders of the G B Nagar district were involved in giving protection to the mafia.

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