Mulayam Singh Yadav backs Akhilesh's decision on Durga's suspension

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Lucknow, Aug 5: It seems that the controversial IAS officer and the Sub-Divisional officer of Gautam Budh Nagar, Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension has taken an ugly turn.

A day after the Uttar Pradesh government issued a charge sheet against the 2009-batch IAS officer, the Samajwadi Pary(SP) Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav backed his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's stance over Durga's suspension.

Mulayam defended Akhilesh's decision by terming it as "correct and final". That means, there seems to be no early possibility of revoking Durga's suspension order.

On the day of Parliament's first monsoon session, Yadav told reporters, "It is a correct decision. If the government had not taken a decision it would have been a problem."

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While taking Akhilesh's side firmly, he said, "If an officer makes a mistake, he/she is punished, just like children are punished in school. This is how a government works."

He also added, "When we (SP govt) take a decision entire media is after us, in the past so many SDM's have been suspended."

He also pointed out that several SDMs were suspended during former UP chief minister Mayawati's tenure.

28-year-old Durga, who was suspended ostensibly on July 27 on the grounds of inciting communal tension, has been given 15 days time to reply to the charges levelled against her.

In its 10-page charge sheet, the SP government has accused Durga of not abiding by the due process of law while ordering demolition of a wall of a religious place at Kadalpur village in the district on July 27.

Durga's suspension led to protests by the IAS officers' Associatioan and she received support from both national political parties- the BJP and the Congress.

The newly formed Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) even offered Durga to join their party and contest polls against Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Even after strong opposition and demand of revoking suspension of Durga, Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government remained defiant on its decision.

Yesterday, the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to ensure that the suspended IAS officer receives fair treatment.

"There are rules laid down and the rules will be followed. And we are in touch with the state government to find out the full details of the case," Singh said.

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