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SP leader brags he got Nagpal suspended in 41 minutes

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File photo of IAS officer Duga Shakti Nagpal.
File photo of IAS officer Duga Shakti Nagpal.

A video purportedly showing a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader claiming he got IAS official Durga Shakti Nagpal suspended in “just 41 minutes” put the Uttar Pradesh government in a tight spot on Friday.

The video comes after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav firmed up his stance in the matter of the official’s suspension, and said there was no question of revoking the order served to the woman official.

The video shows Narendra Bhati, Agro chairman who enjoys minister status in the state, telling supporters in the Greater Noida region that he rang up Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at around 10:30 a.m.; by 11:11 a.m., suspension orders were served to Ms. Nagpal.

This, the leader, also SP candidate from Noida for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, said showed the “power of democracy”.

Mr. Bhati has been in the eye of a storm ever since Ms. Nagpal was suspended last week, as it is alleged that he was behind serving her the orders, under pressure from the sand mining mafia against whom she had earlier clamped down.

BJP legislator from Noida Mahesh Sharma has also alleged that Mr. Bhati was hand-in-glove with the mining mafia and has asked for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into his alleged links with the mining mafia.

As soon as the video surfaced, opposition parties pounced on the UP government.

The BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that the “blatant lies of the chief minister had been exposed”.

“Till Thursday, the chief minister was saying that the suspension of the lady IAS officer was an administrative decision. Now it is clear that it was a brazen act of political vendetta against an upright official” Mr. Pathak said.

A senior IAS official, on condition of anonymity, conceded that the situation was fast turning into a major embarrassment for the state government and there was a need to wriggle out of it. The state government’s stand that Ms. Nagpal was suspended over her decision to raze an illegal boundary wall of a mosque has also come under a cloud, after the district magistrate sent a report to the government denying this.

The report says that the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) did not make any such order and that the villagers, on being told that this was illegal construction, brought down the wall themselves.

The IAS officials in the state are angry with the government for punishing an honest official. Some officials of the IAS association had Thursday petitioned the union government to intervene and revoke the suspension of the officer.

Dear Akhilesh Yadav,

You are young politician and have bright future.

Do not fall into the trap of sand mafia and reinstate Mrs.Durga Shakti

If you also behave in an adamant way like your father, you have to
face the wrath of the Indian Public but not just UP public.

The issue is becoming too hot and just take right action to revoke her
suspension order. Otherwise believe me and make a note in your dairy
this is just the beginning of your fall!

Please listen to good advice

from:  A N M K D SARMA
Posted on: Aug 4, 2013 at 08:38 IST

Why do we all blame politicians? It's the people who vote for their
caste/religion needs to be blamed for choosing wrong leaders. In India,
we people don't have sense of what leadership is and how important it is
for success in every field including Politics. Long way to go..........

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 19:09 IST

Cheap thugs and third rate criminals are masquerading as politicians in Nehru's land :-[ Mr. Akilesh Yadav seems to be heading a bunch of self-seeking rowdy elements who will stop at nothing, to get their personal agenda moving. The Congress Govt is side-stepping the issue, since it requires the Samajwadi Party's votes in the Parliament, to see it through till 2014. Disgusting to the core.

from:  V. Vedagiri
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 16:42 IST

Thia is what exactly the mind of today's politician.They feel that once they become MLA/MP/Minister or top leader in the party,they feel they are above law & do whatever they feel. Nobody to question them.Mr. Narendra Bhati,Should feel shame on his part.He not only violated law but boasts that he could punish the Magistrate within a short time.What kind of msg he has sent to public.It is sorry state the Chief Secretary also heeded to political bosses to suspend her.It is learnt that the CS,who is neck deep corruption charges,was posted only to towthw line of his political bosses. Forgetting that he too comes from IAS, was behaving like that. The people are observing carefully.They will be taught a lesson.Alas!The voters too forget all these mistakes of their leader, when they talk of thier caste or creed & Owed by corrupt methods.U voter come out of this caste or creed or corrupt practices of these leaders.Other wise they will continue to fool us.Be Careful & Awake.

from:  S.Nagaraja Rao
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 13:14 IST

The large Indian public should demand from the government the following : 1. A very strong Janlokpal Bill as per Anna Hazare Team ; 2. Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation ; 3. Right to Recall and Right to Reject provisions in the election manifesto ; 4. Full RTI implementation without any amendments for all the political parties ; 5. To disallow persons having criminal taints from contesting in the elections ; 6. Coalition politics should be dispensed with for clean corrupt free governance.

from:  DORAI
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 01:01 IST

I am ashamed by the act of UP ministers and leaders who have a young CM.
Instead of supporting genuine, honest and brave officers they are
sacking and suspending them. Is there any law in this country to protect
the honest and straight forward people? If people have a bit of self
respect should raise this issue as their own and help this officer to be
back in her duty so that she can set an example to others.

from:  Purushoth
Posted on: Aug 3, 2013 at 00:28 IST

Akhilesh proves that the "apple does not fall far from the tree". Like
father ,like son. Shameless!

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 20:41 IST

Raj Thackrey is proved right, UP is banana republic worse than sub saharan Africa where monkeys vote to elect mafia & goons. Only a fool will invest a penny in UP. Let us leave the monkeys to their fate or else we may contact their AIDS. But let us safeguard ourselves by keeping the monkeys away from Aamchi Mumbai.

from:  Vasant Shinde
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 13:38 IST

Suspend the SP leader.

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 13:37 IST

Suspension of an honest and newly posted IAS officer from service on political recommendations is an example how corrupt our political system has become. Today, only goons rule the UP state and every now and then they show there muscle powers to terrorize upright people.

from:  Hari Dev Arya
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 12:59 IST

Samwajwadi politics led by Akhilesh Yadav. Shame on this young man of 2ist century. He has also put Indian Democracy to Shame. UPA government is watching helplessly due to their political compulsions. India is certainly heading towards a disaster for which the cause is coalition politics of power hungry politicians.

from:  Vijay Raina
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 12:58 IST

I think this ridiculous which has state government don against a honest and brave IAS officer. she is young and honest which shows her dedication towards her work. she is ethically countering to democrats . So I would like to request to youth of India to stood up and understand these issues correctly .This is humiliation of youth and ethical practices. Her suspension must be revoke as soon as possible.

from:  Dinesh Yadav
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 12:15 IST
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