New Delhi : The Supreme Court was on Tuesday petitioned for staying the suspension of sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal.
In his PIL, petitioner Manohar Lal Sharma cited the September 29, 2009, order of the apex court directing all collectors and other officers that no unauthorized construction shall be carried out in the name of a temple, church, mosque or gurdwara on public streets, public parks or other public places.
The PIL says the action of the UP government was contrary to the September 29, 2009, orders of the apex court and thus amounted to contempt of court.
The Uttar Pradesh government had placed Nagpal under suspension on July 27 for allegedly ordering the demolition of a wall purportedly belonging to an under-construction mosque during her visit to village Kadalpur in Gautam Budh Nagar.
Nagpal was issued a charge sheet Aug 4
Nagpal’s suspension, the PIL said, was “a new low in a long process of the subversion of bureaucracy”. The PIL reasons that bureaucrats are a permanent feature of the administration and are required to serve whichever party is in power. They are expected to objectively advice ministers and carry out the decisions of the government.
The petitioner has further urged the court to summon all the records of the proceedings leading to the suspension of Nagpal.
Referring to the statements by Samajwadi Party leaders that they do not need IAS officers to run the affairs of Uttar Pradesh, the PIL said that they have no right to jeopardize the administrative set up thereby damaging the entire State structure. The UP government and the Centre have been made respondents.