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Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal?

Friday, 2 August 2013 - 11:55am IST

The IAS officer was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government for allegedly ordering the demolition of a portion of a mosque in her jurisdiction.

The Uttar Pradesh bureaucracy has been churned by resentment over the suspension of probationary IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal who dared to take on the sand mining mafia in western UP.

After Akhilesh Yadav had curtly told the bureaucrats that there is no room for debate over the suspension. Defending the government, he said the bureaucrat ordered the demolition of a portion of a mosque in her jurisdiction which might have resulted in disturbing peace in the state.

Durga Shakti Nagpal is an IAS officer of the 2010 cadre.

She came into public view after taking action against corruption and launching a massive drive against illegal sand mining within her jurisdiction of Gautam Budh Nagar. For this action, she was hurriedly suspended by Akhilesh Yadav's government. She was subsequently accused of fuelling communal tension by ordering the demolition of a religious structure.

Durga Shakti Nagpal belongs to Chattisgarh and has a degree in computer engineering.

She secured an all-India rank of 20 in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations in 2009. She spent over two years in Punjab as an officer-under-training with the Mohali administration.

Nagpal was initially an officer in the Punjab cadre, and she changed to Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre after her marriage to Abhishek Singh, who was an IAS officer in the UP cadre. She was posted in Ghaziabad as a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in September 2012. She then got appointed as SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar.

The suspension order of Durga Shakti Nagpal has been challenged by social activist Nutan Thakur in the Allahabad High Court on July 30 through a Public interest litigation (PIL) plea. The petition filed at Lucknow bench of the court is likely to come up for hearing on August 1.

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