The unrelenting stand of the ruling SP government was voiced in Lucknow by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who made it clear that officials who make ‘mistakes’ will be punished.
    
"There might be many children (sitting here) who I can say would have received a beating from their teachers and parents when they had done something wrong.... the government is also run like this, whenever any official does something wrong he is punished", Akhilesh, who has justified the suspension of Nagpal, a 2010-batch officer, said at a function.
    
In Delhi, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav went a step further and said that, "We do not want any IAS officers. Let the Centre withdraw all these officers from UP and it will run the state with its own officers."
    
Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy said that under the rules, the suspended officer has the right to appeal.
    
"She has not approached us so far. But if she sends her appeal to us, we will send its copy to the state government and seek its response. Then we will decide the future course of action. Normally, an officer approaches the state government... We cannot act suo moto," he said.
    
Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar, who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering demolition of a wall of a under-construction mosque allegedly without following the due process. Nagpal, who belongs to the UP cadre, was chargesheeted on Sunday.

(Agencies)

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