Office bearers of the Indian Administrative Service association met Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani and petitioned him to intervene in the matter. Nagpal also met association president Alok Ranjan, who also happens to be the agriculture production commissioner. According to informed sources, the Chief Secretary sympathized with Nagpal and vowed to take up the matter with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on his return from Karnataka.

Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended on Sunday by the state government on grounds of arbitrarily issuing orders of demolition of a place of worship in Noida. The government felt that her action had the 'potential' to trigger communal tensions.

Officials close to the SDM, however, alleged that she was eased out owing to her sustained drive against illegal mining in the area. She is reported to have seized more than 25 trucks carrying sand in the last one month.

Congress leader Rashid Masood reacted sharply to the official's suspension and accused the ruling Samajwadi Party of protecting criminals. "The suspended official is on probation. If she is suspended for honesty, imagine how she will survive these scars all through her career" asked another officer.

"The government said that the suspension of Nagpal was a routine administrative measure after she showed ‘lack of foresight’ in ordering the demolition of an under construction wall of a mosque in Kadalpur village. Her immature decision could have triggered communal tension," a senior government official said.

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