New Delhi: BJP today attacked the Uttar Pradesh government
for suspension of a woman IAS officer saying the reason for the action
against her was votebank politics.
"A woman officer was suspended in Uttar Pradesh. Everyone is saying she
was an honest officer. What is the reason...it was votebank politics,"
party leader Arun Jaitley said here today while addressing women party
2009-batch IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, posted as Sub- Divisional
Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Budh Nagar in September last year, was
penalised ostensibly for the demolition of a wall at a disputed place of
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said the step
was taken because there was a possibility of communal tension brewing up
in the area.
"There are many such incidents where there is a chance of communal tension
erupting, it becomes necessary to take certain administrative decision to
prevent it. Therefore we have taken this decision" (of suspending the
magistrate), he told reporters at the Bangalore International Airport
"When we don't take any decision, you (media) complain of our indecision
and if we take, you say it is a harsh decision," the Chief Minister said.
"It is an administrative decision. She had ordered demolition of the wall
at a place of worship," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on twitter
Opposition parties have slammed the Samajwadi Party government that the
suspension order was made under pressure from the sand mining mafia.
Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi today slammed Akhilesh Yadav and UP
government and said that the decision of suspending SDM Durga Shakti was a
part of vote bank politics.
IAS officers in UP today rallied behind a woman colleague, who was
suspended after she cracked down on the sand mafia, and demanded
revocation of the order even as the issue snowballed into a major
The IAS association today conveyed its serious concerns to the officiating
chief secretary and demanded that the suspension order be immediately
Opposition accused the ruling SP government of targeting honest officers
at the behest of the powerful sand mafia.
Durga had clamped-down on illegal mining and taken on the sand mafia in
Uttar Pradesh. She was suspended barely 10 months after she got her first
posting in the state.