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Delhi Chief Secretary’s 6-Month Tenure Extension Cleared By Supreme Court docket

Delhi Chief Secretary’s 6-Month Tenure Extension Cleared By Supreme Court docket


Tenure of Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar has been prolonged by six months (File).

New Delhi:

The Delhi authorities suffered a setback Wednesday after the Supreme Court docket cleared the centre’s proposal to increase by six months the tenure of Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, who was presupposed to retire in 24 hours. The Delhi authorities had opposed the extension on grounds the ordinance that offers the ruling BJP management of bureaucrats posted to the nationwide capital continues to be being challenged, and that the centre couldn’t make appointments, notably to senior posts, with out session.

A bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud dominated a six-month extension couldn’t be seen as a violation of any legislation. The courtroom accepted the centre’s argument – that it has the appropriate to switch and appoint bureaucrats within the Delhi authorities since its ordinance has not but been reversed.

The centre had submitted its proposal to increase Mr Kumar’s tenure on Tuesday.

The courtroom, nonetheless, needed to know why the centre appeared to be “caught with just one individual”.

“You wish to make the appointment, make it (however) do not you’ve gotten any officer who may be Chief Secretary…  are you caught?” the bench, additionally comprising Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, stated.

It was advised Mr Kumar be allowed to superannuate and a contemporary appointment be made.

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“This man is superannuating. Let this man superannuate. You make a contemporary appointment,” the bench led by the Chief Justice had stated, earlier than relenting and directing the centre to return with causes at the moment.

“Present us the ability to increase and present us what’s the floor on which you wish to prolong…”

Final week – amid squabbles between each side – the Supreme Court docket directed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, the centre’s consultant within the metropolis, to sit down down and amicably focus on a shortlist of candidates to be supplied by the union authorities.

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“So… why would not LG and centre suggest a panel of names? Final alternative will likely be from a panel made by you. You counsel a panel. Then they (the Delhi authorities) will decide up one identify,” the Chief Justice proposed.

That is the most recent flashpoint between Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Social gathering and the BJP that’s in energy on the centre. The 2 have additionally collided over corruption allegations surrounding Mr Kumar, whose son was linked to an alleged actual property rip-off in a information report revealed on November 9.

Nevertheless, final week the Delhi Excessive Court docket gave Mr Kumar reduction, directing the information web site to take down the article that was stated to be defamatory of the present Delhi Chief Secretary.

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Earlier at the moment, Delhi Vigilance Minister Atishi submitted a report back to Mr Kejriwal reiterating her suggestion that Mr Kumar be suspended. The report additionally urged Mr Saxena to assessment his place vis-a-vis his refusal to think about an earlier (preliminary) report within the matter, sources stated.

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Naresh Kumar has denied any wrongdoing and alleged that individuals with “vested pursuits” – in opposition to whom vigilance motion had been taken for corruption – had been indulging in “mudslinging”.

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