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Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar's tenure extended by 3 months

Naresh Kumar's extended tenure is indicative of the ongoing administrative strategies employed by the Centre in Delhi. The decision to extend his tenure further underscores the central government's confidence in his leadership amidst the political dynamics in the capital.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2024 23:57 IST
Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar
Image Source : X/@IASNKUMAR Delhi Chief Secretary, Naresh Kumar

 

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has announced a three-month extension to the tenure of Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar until August 2024. This decision follows a previous six-month extension, which was slated to conclude on May 31, 2024. Despite objections from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government, Naresh Kumar's tenure has been prolonged further. The AAP had contested the initial extension, but the decision to extend Kumar's term stands.

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Image Source : INDIA TVThe official order of Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar's tenure was extended by 3 months.

Profile of Naresh Kumar

Naresh Kumar, a 1987 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, assumed the role of Chief Secretary in April last year. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.

Legal disputes and allegations

The extension of Kumar's tenure sparked legal disputes, with AAP challenging the decision in court. The Supreme Court heard the plea filed by AAP, contesting the Centre's authority to extend Kumar's term without consulting the state government.

Contentious relationship

Tensions between AAP and Naresh Kumar have been evident in various governance matters in the capital. Last November, AAP Minister Atishi accused Kumar of favoritism, alleging that he had unfairly aided his son in securing a government tender, among other claims.

Disciplinary recommendations

Atishi recommended the immediate removal of the Chief Secretary and advocated for disciplinary action against him in a supplementary report to Chief Minister Kejriwal. However, the report was dismissed by Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, who deemed it biased and lacking merit.

LG's response

Saxena criticised the report, stating it was based on preconceived assumptions and could impede ongoing investigations rather than aid them. The report's dismissal further strained the relationship between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor's office.

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