Durga Shakti Nagpal is a young and upright officer of the Indian Administrative Service. As Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Noida, District Gautam Budh Nagar she launched a frontal attack on the dishonest sand mining mafia who operated illegally along the Yamuna and Hindon rivers. The mafia had the tacit support of the corrupt politicians and some big shots of the UP government. She not only caught the culprits red handed but also confiscated their dumpers and fined them to the tune of lakhs of rupees. This ruffled the feathers of politicians in power, some of whom were beneficiaries of the illegal operation of sand mining mafia. They took it as a personal challenge to their money making projects (which were in direct contravention of law of the land).
The fire brand officer, Durga Shakti stood no nonsense and went by the rule book. She followed the law of the land and judgements delivered by the Supreme Court of India. Durga Shakti is honest to her finger tips and had nothing to be afraid of. The common man in villages and towns was happy with her performance because loss of the mafia was a gain to citizenry.
In a village in Greater Noida, a handful of people were building a mosque with the boundary wall being on government land. Observing due process of law, Durga Shakti, SDM , ordered demolition of the wall that was an encroachment on the government land.
The sand mafia and some politicians in power who were licking their wounds and loss of illegal income now raised the bogey of communal tension on demolition of the boundary wall of the mosque. Where nothing works, the dishonest people raise the false alarm of communal tension and danger of a communal riot. As per Police of the area no such communal tension existed in any part of the areas of Greater Noida on demolition of the said boundary wall.
Shri Bikram Singh former Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh has gone on record to say that the correct act of the said SDM was taken in the right spirit by the persons concerned as it was in observance of a judgement of the Supreme Court of India that forbids construction of a place of worship on government land and calls for remedial action to restore status quo ante.
Durga Shakti had done precisely the same as was the judgement of the Supreme Court of India. In fact her act of bold decision and implementation should be commended and rewarded by the State Govt. However, where the Mafia and Ministers are hand in glove with, who cares of acts of an honest IAS officer who had tread on their toes by taking steps to stop the illegal sand mining and thereby caused monetary loss to them to the tune of lakhs of rupees.
The IAS officers Association has backed the righteous acts of Durga Shakti and even represented their case to the Chief Secretary who promised to place the case before the Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav.
The Media, both print and electronics, has launched an attack on the high handedness of the UP Chief Minister in suspending a young IAS officer for her honesty and uprightness by citing flimsy reasons based on untruth.
Abha Singh, a former bureaucrat, said on a TV show that the Collector of the District and also Commissioner of the Division are to blame for buckling under government pressure and suspending the young officer. Obviously if the senior IAS officers are upright and go by the book, no harm will come to them. However, many of them take the easy course of action to side with the wrong side for loaves and fishes. Honest and upright officers are made of sterner stuff.
The Minister of State in Dept. of Personnel, Government of India says that his hands are tied by rules. He cannot intervene unless the State Govt sends a report on suspension or the aggrieved officer approaches them for redressal of grievances.
It is understood that a PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court by a citizen seeking justice for the young IAS officer. If she is not reinstated and posted back as SDM, Noida, a wrong signal will go to Mafia that they can have their way as they like and it would deter other honest officer from taking action against mafia and gangsters. If the law and order situation is going from bad to worse, the responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the present state government of which Akhilesh Singh Yadav is the Chief Minister.