a) Most IAS officers belonging to Punjab, her earlier cadre, and UP have formally extended their support to their young colleague. UP IAS Association took up Ms Nagpal's case on Monday and had a long meeting with acting chief secretary Alok Ranjan. Their demand? The revocation of her suspension. After all, suspension is considered a very harsh punishment in bureaucracy as there is hardly any instance of dismissal from service.
b) Women social groups in the locality have lent their support to Nagpal. On Tuesday, about 100 women staged a protest in front of the office of Gautam Budh Nagar’s district magistrate for immediate revocation of her suspension and reinstating her as SDM. They have given an earlier instance of an officer breaking an unauthorized religious structure, but there is no case pending against him.
c) On Jantar Mantar, Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena held a protest march on Tuesday demanding revocation of Nagpal’s suspension.
d) Former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian, former Uttar Pradesh DGP Vikram Singh and a few other retired bureaucrats have come out strongly in support of Nagpal.
e) Congress leader and Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma on Tuesday gave a new twist to the whole episode while supporting the revocation of Nagpal’s suspension order. He told reporters that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is in “hand in glove” with sand mafia and the suspension was done as per supremo’s (Mulayam Singh Yadav) order. Calling UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav a “good boy”, Verma said CM was unaware of the order.
f) Meanwhile, BJP’s Uma Bharti told a news channel that the UP government was indulging in vote-bank politics, and that’s why the IAS officer was targeted. CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat has said that Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension was uncalled for, and it would send out a “distressing message to other female aspirants who are pursuing IAS”.
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