Lucknow: Congress Friday said the claims of Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Bhati proved that IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended at the behest of mining mafia.
"Doubts, if any, on the reasons leading to Nagpal's suspension have been removed with the ruling party leader, who is enjoying minister's status, making claims in his public speech," Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said.
The government appeared to be in a hurry to get rid of an honest officer as it did not follow the procedures or wait for the district magistrate's report which has found no role of the SDM in pulling down the mosque wall, he said.
The spokesman said the manner in which SP leaders Azam Khan and Naresh Agarwal were talking about punishing the district magistrate who had sent the report proved that only corrupt officials, mining mafia and criminal elements were safe under the present government.
Tripathi asked whether the government would take action against the mining mafia and senior officials in the chief minister's secretariat "who not only misled the chief minister but also motivated him" to act against Nagpal, thereby putting the government in the dock.