The PIL filed by advocate ML Sharma had made the UP government and the Centre as respondents. Contending that the action taken against Nagpal was arbitrary, unconstitutional and malafide, the PIL had sought quashing of all proceedings against the 2010 batch IAS officer who had clamped down on the mining mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar area.

The PIL said that 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."

The 28-year-old Sub-Divisional Magistrate was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering the demolition of the wall of an under-construction mosque in a village in Noida without following the due process. The petition sought judicial review of the suspension order and said, "Nagpal's victimization is a new low in a long process of the subversion of bureaucracy".

The UP government had on August 4 served a chargesheet on the officer, asking her to submit an explanation for her conduct.

(JPN/Agencies)

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