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Centre asks UP government for immediate report

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New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government was asked by the Centre to immediately give a report on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal, who had cracked down on sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar area.

"A letter has been sent today to the UP government to send its response immediately," Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy said.

He said this is the third such letter sent to the state government so far after the 2010-batch IAS officer was suspended on July 27.

The Centre's fresh reminder came in the backdrop of Sonia Gandhi, who is Chairperson of National Advisory Council (NAC), yesterday writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that Nagpal, 28, should not be "unfairly treated".

"We must ensure that the officer is not unfairly treated," Gandhi had said in her letter to Singh, who holds the charge of Personnel Ministry.

Narayanasamy said, "After seeing reports in the media, the first letter was sent on July 30 seeking a report from the state government. The second letter was sent on August 2 and the third letter has been sent today asking them to give response immediately."

An Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Personnel is in touch with the UP government over phone to expedite the report.

Narayanasamy, who is in-charge of the Ministry looking after administrative matters of India Administrative Service (IAS) officers, said Nagpal has the right to appeal against her suspension to the Centre.

"If she feels she has been suspended on the wrong reason, she can write an appeal to us," he said, adding that the woman officer has not yet written to the Centre on the issue.

Nagpal, who belongs to the UP cadre, was suspended ostensibly for ordering demolition of a wall of a under-construction religious place without following the due process.

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