In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Congress president wrote that albeit the matter is between a state government and an IAS officer, yet the Centre should see how it can express its concern.
Gandhi further asked the PM if he could intervene in the case and see how can Durga, Gautam Buddha Nagar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), be helped.
We must ensure that the officer is not unfairly treated, wrote Gandhi.
“Implementation machinery must see that the conditions are conducive to delivery of public services without fear or favour,” she added.
Reacting to Sonia Gandhi’s letter to the PM, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal taunted that the Congress president should write two more letters – one for Ashok Khemka and one to Rajasthan where two IAS officers were suspended.
Notably, Khemka, an IAS officer of the 1991 batch, was transferred 44 times in his 22-year career.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has defended the suspension of Nagpal even as her colleagues demanded that the central government intervene.
Speaking in Lucknow after a Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister had said that the suspended officer’s action against a mosque could have led to communal trouble.
He had rubbished charges that Nagpal was suspended under the pressure of the sand mining mafia, against whom she had acted in Noida district adjoining the national capital.
Members of the All India IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Association, meanwhile, met Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy in New Delhi and asked the central government to revoke the suspension.
Nagpal was suspended on July 28. The Uttar Pradesh government said she was suspended for ordering a wall of a mosque in Noida to be demolished.
A report of the Noida district magistrate has said Nagpal had not ordered the demolition but the Chief Minister was not moved.
Courtesy:Zee Media Bureau