By Piyush Srivastava
LUCKNOW: IF SUSPENDING her and defying the nationwide outcry that followed wasn't enough, the Samajwadi Party (SP) government of Uttar Pradesh has now threatened to reveal dark secrets about Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal.
On Tuesday, a minister of the Akhilesh Yadav government said at a public event that suspended Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Buddha Nagar would be "exposed".
Uttar Pradesh Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan made his party's stance more than apparent, saying he has received "information" about Durga's family, and that the media would "regret" raising the issue of her suspension.
Hasan was speaking at a function of the Department of Dairy Development in Lucknow.
On the seat next to him was Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. There was no stopping Hasan. "Which family does Nagpal belong to? You will come to know when we will expose it... then you will regret. Whom are you encouraging? She has destroyed the credibility of IAS cadre," the minister thundered.
Hasan's presence at the function was superfluous as the state's dairy issues and his department have little in common.
He was, however, given pride of place besides Yadav, and even invited to speak before him.
Hasan lashed out at the media as well. "You must look within. There are black sheep in the media also. But you are trying to hide actual details about that unreasonable SDM. She should apologise for disturbing social harmony in the area," he said.
Hasan's fury mixed fiction with fact as he went on and on about Durga. "She has issued a statement that she didn't raze the wall of the masjid. She has said the villagers of Kadalpur demolished it on her suggestion. Do you know where does she come from? She is a liar."
In point of fact, the suspended SDM has never appeared before the media or issued any statement.
The chief minister found the grace to desist from attacking Durga but couldn't resist a swipe at the media.
Asking media to drop this issue immediately, Yadav said: "Leave this matter now. Let us work. We have chargesheeted her. An inquiry will be held and the truth will emerge."
Asked about his allegations and insinuations later, Hasan said he didn't want to reveal too much at this stage.
Top- level sources say the government has suddenly started taking a keen interest in the background of the suspended officer.
"A team of officers has been deployed to collect every detail about of Durga Sakthi and her 2011-batch IAS husband of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, Abhishek Singh.
Earlier posted in Ghaziabad as joint magistrate, he is presently under mid- career training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.
Some officers have claimed that they have found some discrepancy in his certificates. Some officers have also dug the details about her parents.
They are linking her parents with a right-wing organization," one senior officer told Mail Today on condition of anonymity.
Hidden behind all the bluff and bluster is the increasingly untenable situation the Uttar Pradesh government finds itself in.
State government agencies, including Gautam Buddha Nagar DM K. Ravikant Singh and the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU), have reported that the trainee IAS officer was punished for a crime she did not commit.
Some sections of the community alleged to have been targeted by Durga have also come out in her support.
The Hazrat Saiyad Bhure Shah Committee (SBSC) has alleged that the government is using the Muslim community to target an upright officer for taking legal action against the sand mafia and land sharks of Noida and Greater Noida.
"This seems to have disturbed the SP government which is now finding it difficult to get out of this situation. The government is exposed and so it is threatening the officer in every possible way," said Kadir Khan, secretary of the SBSC, a unit of the Sunni Waqf Board.
"My point is that the government is using the Muslim community to settle scores with a young officer who is honest and energetic," Khan added.
It is on record that the DM had said the Kadalpur mosque wall was razed by the villagers, and the LIU has specifically stated that Bachhu Lal, SDM of Jewar area, was at the spot when the demolition happened.
The LIU report doesn't even mention Durga's name anywhere. Both reports also say that there was no threat to social harmony on July 27, when the disputed wall was brought down.
Asked about his allegations and insinuations later, Hasan said he didn't want to reveal too much at this stage
Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal?
BORN on June 25, 1985 in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Durga Sakthi Nagpal did her graduation in computer engineering.
She then came in Delhi to take coaching classes for IAS examination.
Nagpal, the daughter of an Indian Statistical Services officer, had got through civil services exam in 2008. Nagpal was selected for Indian Revenue Service.
Instead she again appeared for civil service exam in 2009 and secured 20th rank. She was allotted Punjab cadre and posted on probation in Mohali.
After her marriage to Abhishek Singh, an IAS officer of 2011 batch (UP cadre), she was allotted the same cadre.
While her husband was posted as joint magistrate in Ghaziabad, she got her first posting as trainee SDM of neighbouring Gautam Buddh Nagar. Her father- inlaw, a retired IPS officer, lives in Noida.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
SP threatens Durga with skeletons
SP minister Ahmad Hasan said he has received "information" about Durga's family, and that the media would "regret" raising the issue of her suspension.Mail Today – Wed 7 Aug, 2013
By Piyush Srivastava