SC agrees to hear PIL on Durga Shakti’s suspension

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Durga Shakti Nagpal Photo: PTI

New Delhi, 8 Aug (PTI): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a PIL seeking quashing of all proceedings against the suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal, who had cracked down on illegal sand mining in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam listed the PIL for hearing on 12 August.

The court fixed the date after the petitioner pleaded for an urgent hearing alleging that Nagpal is suffering hardship for following the Supreme Court’s order on preventing unauthorised construction of religious buildings on public land and the apex court should protect her.

The PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma also made the UP government and the Centre as respondents.

Contending that the action taken against Nagpal was arbitrary, unconstitutional and malafide, the PIL has sought quashing of all proceedings against the 2010 batch IAS officer who had clamped down on the mining mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar area of UP.

The PIL said suspending Nagpal was “unconstitutional, arbitrary and lowered the constitutional system” and “the absence of support from top bureaucracy, in both Uttar Pradesh and in New Delhi, is shameful.”

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