A Delhi lawyer has moved the Supreme Court for a directive to immediately restore honour and her job to suspended Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, alleging that the state government’s decision had amounted to contempt of court.
Advocate M L Sharma, who is currently fighting legal battles in the apex court through his PILs on the coal blocks allocation scandal and Ranbaxy spurious drugs case, has in the plea sought quashing of all proceedings against Nagpal, whose crackdown on sand mining mafia had brought her laurels.
Sharma in his PIL cited the SC orders passed in 2009 and 2010 whereby all the Centre and state governments were directed to demolish all unauthorised constructions, particularly in the form of religious structures, from all public places. The petition stated that Nagpal’s action was strictly in accordance with the court orders and hence any administrative order against her for her steps was within the four corners of the contempt of court.
The PIL said that suspending Nagpal was “unconstitutional, arbitrary and lowering the constitutional system”.