Durga Shakti Nagpal reinstated as Joint Magistrate in Kanpur

Lucknow: After 2 months of Suspension, IAS Officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has been reinstated as Joint Magistrate of Kanpur (Rural). A notification in this regard was issued by Uttar Pradesh Government yesterday. On September 22, her Suspension was revoked a day after she along with her husband, also an IAS officer, had a meeting with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Her Suspension from the post of SDM, Gautam Buddha Nagar caused huge controversy and raised serious questions over the functioning of Uttar Pradesh Government.

Durga was suspended 28 July 2013, a day after she allegedly demolished a wall of an under-construction mosque in Kadalpur village, in the Rabupura area of Greater Noida. The construction of the mosque had not been cleared by the state government.

However reports claim that she was targeted due to her campaign against illegal sand-mining. Under her stewardship, from April to June 2013, the police had impounded 297 vehicles and machinery used for illegal mining and collected Rs 82,34,000 in fines. After the suspension, Nagpal was attached to the Board of Revenue in Lucknow.

Besides Nagpal, 24 other IAS officers were transferred in an administrative reshuffle carried out by the state government which saw the posting of new district magistrates of Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, Etah, Mirzapur, Banda, Ambedkarnagar Fatehpur and Kannauj, an official spokesman said.