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Updated: August 5, 2013 02:16 IST

U.P. serves charge sheet on Nagpal

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Villagers at the mosque in Kadalpur, in Gautambudh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh, where an underconstruction wall was demolished by the authorities on July 27. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu Villagers at the mosque in Kadalpur, in Gautambudh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh, where an underconstruction wall was demolished by the authorities on July 27. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Sonia’s letter hardens SP stand

IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, whose suspension has triggered a controversy and a turf war between the ruling Samajwadi Party and the bureaucracy, was served with a charge sheet by the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) in Gautam Budh Nagar district was suspended on July 27 on charges of ordering the demolition of the wall of an under-construction mosque at Kadalpur village. But the action is attributed to her taking on the sand mafia.

An official spokesman told The Hindu that the 10-page charge sheet was issued by the State Appointment and Personnel Department. However, this development was confirmed only late in the night. Ms. Nagpal is understood to have been charged with taking a one-sided decision in ordering the demolition.A notice ought to have been served prior to the demolition, the charge sheet said.

Ms. Nagpal has been given 15 days’ time to file her reply. Copies of the charge sheet and the suspension order have been sent to the Central government, sources said.

The issuance of the charge sheet underscored the tough line taken by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP president Mulayam Singh, especially after the IAS Association took up Ms. Nagpal’s cause.

Moreover, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention in the issue hardened the SP’s stand further, sources said. Ms. Gandhi’s move angered Mr. Mulayam Singh.

During the Constituent Assembly Debates Nehru supported by many
members called for the Civil Services to be dismantled or be
incrementally weakened leading to eventual dismantling in Free India.
It was Sardar Vallabhai Patel who forced Nehru to maintain the
Services threatening to resign should the Services be weakened an iota
or the servants' pay and perks unreasonably whittled down.
Ms Durga Shakti Nagpal is a beacon of the Services in these dark
times, embodying the spirit of Sardar Patel. I salute her as does the
rest of India and as would Sardar Patel were he alive today.
One hopes the Father of the Civil Services will inspire many more
servants of steely resolve who will refuse pointblank to be
intimidated by criminals masquerading as political leaders.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 20:24 IST

The Samajwadi Party is no friend of ordinary hard working Muslims. This party honours only criminal & mafia amongst Muslims like Mukhtar Ansari, Atique Ahmed etc while killing hard working honest Muslims like IPS Zia-ul-Haq. This party is biggest enemy of common Muslims as its actions spread hatered for Muslims & Islam amongst Hindus & other Indians who gravitate towards RSS, VHP as a result of SP actions. I would like to ask what has SP done for education, vocational training of Muslim youth???

from:  Anwar Bari
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 13:23 IST

Ha hahaahahaha.
I can't stop myself laughing at the pity state of India and its politics of vote bank attraction and protection of ellegality. I can only pray before god for Ms. Nagpal. She must have taken learnt decision. I don't see any validity of questioning her so called "ONE SIDED DECISION".
Indians please wake up. Throw SP and Congress out of Country. Go for voting in the upcoming election and vote against SP and Congress and any other anti-national party which is under nose of 'VOTE - BANK' pressure.

from:  Arvind Patkar
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 10:49 IST

It is such a burning shame that someone who actually wants to do something about
the wrongdoings of criminals and they are chargesheeted by what appears to be an
arm of politicians. While they appear to be fighting among themselves, the OTHER
criminals get to go scot free. There needs to be some intervention from the part of
the population - is there anything that can be done?

from:  Shiva Prakash Srinivasan
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 10:24 IST

Charge-sheeting Ms. Nagpal by the SP government is reflective of its arrogance and propensity to carry out governance as per its whims instead of constitutional norms. The charge against Ms. Nagpal of allegedly ordering to demolish the wall without serving a notice is first true in case of the government itself. Ms. Nagpal needed to serve with a show cause notice before suspension.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 10:16 IST

If Mulayam aligns with BJP, then these fellows will give clean chit to
him. Until then they will bark at him.

Nitish was praised by BJP fellows for 15 years. After Nitish distanced
himself from BJP, these fellows leaving no stone unturned to portray him
as anti-national.

from:  thangamani
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 10:09 IST

Most governments can be accused of targeting honest officials but this
case is bizarre. Inspite of outpouring support for the suspended
IAS, the corrupt & criminal SP government has shown a complete
disregard and chargesheeted her taking advantage of political
expediency at centre. So much so that some SP leaders have been mocking
the officer in media. How can the public expect any officer to work
fearlessly in such a hostile environment? Hope the Supreme Court takes
suo motto cognizance of such matters and frame guidelines for fixed
tenure of IPS, IAS, IFS and other similar services so that these
officials can work without fear or favour. Also the respective
associations of these services should unite against any such arbitrary
action by any ruling government.

from:  singh
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 09:26 IST

Its like the SP govt's collective ego can't take the support the suspended officer's getting. Is it really about the wall anymore? Was it ever? I feel these guys would have happily revoked the suspension order had she grovelled. Now even if she's reinstated after all this drama her career would always be in the spotlight and she will most probably get shunted from pointless posting to another like the Haryana cadre IAS officer who took on Vadra.
Its always the same story. These services are no longer for people who want to do good, make a change. Its only for those who can quietly push files. Maybe UPSC should add this disclaimer in the notification.

from:  Neha Tiwari
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 09:25 IST

So our Civil Administration is at the mercy of the emotions of these
so called leaders, at one time IAS officer Mr. Ashok Khemka was
transferred just because he started an inquiry into Sonia Gandhi's
son-in-law Robert Vadera acquisitions of state land. At that time
Sonia or Congress has shown no concern for him, now Congress ally SP
has somehow become the only wrong doer. And when that angers another
leader he is going to take more tougher action on an officer who tried
to serve her country in a just manner.
Kudos to people who voted for these parties.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 08:31 IST

Who ever said ICS (predecessor to IAS)is the Steel Frame of India was
not wrong.If only (every strain of)the Steel Frame decides to display
its true strength'en masse',instead of one here and one there,those who
need to be told will get the message,'CLEAR AND LOUD'.There is no need
for the man/woman on the street to attempt to reform,those who by action
refuse to be reformed.

from:  K P Natarajan
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 08:25 IST

Is it a norm that copies of chargesheets are sent to the Central government by the concerned
state governments whenever the latter ( rightly or wrongly) take disciplinary action against an
I.A.S or I.P.S. officer? Since Ms. Sonia Gandhi chose to intervene through PMO in this
particular case , perhaps, as a defiant reaction to the centre's intervention, the U.P
government has chosen to send the copy of the charge sheet served on Ms.Durga to the
centre with an implied, ' Who are you ?' In any case, it is better for the UP government to
recognise that starting from the suspension of the dutiful officer enjoying massive public
support, every action taken by the state government is being keenly watched by the nation
and consequently, the ruling dispensation in U.P.has to pay a huge political price in the days
to come, if it does not retract and start acting sensibly in the given situation.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 08:24 IST

It's our bad luck that we live in India, where honesty is the best policy lies in the books only. We were taught that corruption is the best policy. People like Nagpal should change their attitude, to be as corrupt as she can be to survive in this country. I was always against corruption I learned it from my father but know I think I've to change my nature to survive in this corrupt world. At last I can say that "Corruption is the best policy"

from:  Amit Khajuria
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 08:24 IST

The charge sheet should have been given prior to suspension. It is too late and shows that the Chief Minister of U.P is hand in glove with the mining mafia. This young IAS officer needs help from all quarters including Central Government. Several Akhilesh will come and go but these hard working IAS officers will remain part of government. Save the IAS officers and Provincial Service officers from the high handedness of the Ministers and Chief Minister.

from:  HADI SAKEY
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 08:24 IST

A purely administrative action is blown out of proportions to punish an honest young officer
and to defend the sand "mafia". All the might of the State could not extinguish the
groundswell support and spontaneous sympathy the IAS officer received from the public.
The Media must be careful by not allowing "politicization" of the issue on communal lines.

from:  G. Narayanaswamy
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 07:39 IST

Criminals supported by officers, are the darlings of the governments state and federal. Can Indians ever hope for a government for, by and of the people or an administration in the service of the people. The Center has set the standard. It is for the All India Service Offices, to resist the evil that is unleashed controlled and directed by mafia. The villagers of Noida combined and drove the sand mafia goons, driving them away. Does not this enthuse the babus to protect one of their own. If they do nor know, let someone send to everyone of them these lines of Pastor Niemoeller at the time of the Nazi ascendancy. Quote First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out/ Because I was not a jew./ Then they came for the communists then I did not speak out / because I was not a communist / Then they came for the Catholics / Then they came for ME Unquote. They will come for one or the other – at some stage one may not be ale to do what is bidden.

from:  Ceeoren
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 07:17 IST

Shakthi Nagpal's issue reminds me the incident in which Sanjay Bhatt and
Modi involved in Gujarat.

from:  thangamani
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 06:29 IST

A Thief trying to cover his tracks. Current government has gone
insane. It was under construction building. Giving it notice (if not
served), would have given time to mobilize people and ultimate no
takers of much needed action. Making religious structure is a way to
take control of lands illegally, and garner votes and then increase
communal disharmony. All for few petty votes.

Why SP did not come up with this explanation before and was stuck on
tape of communal disharmony. I think, time for Jethmalani to come in
for real add and provide her with a defense that will help the
country.

from:  Sudhanshu Kumar Ashwini
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 05:19 IST

It seems like SP is miffed by Congress intervening in Durga Shakti case.

But this intervention with political interest seems to be doing no good
for suspended IAS officer. Rather she has been chargesheeted. This tough
line of action implies intervention for IAS association and of Centre has
remain ineffective. Moreover, it has become a war of political egos'.

from:  Satender
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 05:18 IST

How long will be honest officers like Nagpal be humiliated for being honest. I vehemently protest the politics after it. UP govt. should take this matter seriously.

from:  Krishna B Thapa
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 03:56 IST

generations to come will remember us as
idiots,submissive,meek,tame,hippocrate people
....fake democracy......

from:  suraj
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 03:02 IST

Just when you think Indian Politicians cannot sink to a new low, they
have proved the Indian public wrong. In this age of social media,
increased middle class awareness on corruption and a growing economy a
3rd world political system will definitely have give way for common
sense governance.

from:  Abner
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 02:18 IST

Vote bank politics at play.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 02:15 IST

Even 66 years after the independence,if politicians dare to mix politics
with religion it is a matter of shame for us as a society.IT is we who
are not able to eliminate religion from the political agenda. Is this
time to introspect???

from:  Mrinal bhushan
Posted on: Aug 5, 2013 at 01:51 IST
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