Durga Shakti Nagpal meets Akhilesh Yadav, offers clarification

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Lucknow, Sept 21: In a signal that strongly indicates that Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension may be revoked, the suspended IAS officer on Saturday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

With inquiry pending against her, Durga Shakti Nagpal along with her husband Abhishek Singh, also an IAS officer, met the chief minister this afternoon and gave clarification over the issue that led to her suspension.

Some reports suggested that Durga, who last month met Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief, to explain her stand, today apologised before Akhilesh Yadav.

"It is now expected that her suspension might be revoked in a couple of days," the officer said.

Durga was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for taking on the powerful sand mining mafia as SDM of Gautambudh Nagar.

Although the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that she was suspended for arbitrarily ordering the demolition of a wall of an under-construction mosque in Kadalpur village.

Durga's suspension might be revoked in a couple of days.

"Her action threatened to destroy communal peace," the Chief Minister had said.

The Chief Minister had on August 29 ordered a fresh probe and appointed Principal Secretary (home) RM Srivastava as the inquiry officer in the case and called for a report within the next 15 days.

She was later served a chargesheet running into 10 pages, on a report of Commissioner (Meerut Division) alleging that the IAS officer had not adhered to the rules while demolishing a mosque wall to which she had later submitted her reply.

The suspension had triggered a public outcry. Opposition parties also targeted the UP government over the issue.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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