Centre asserts authority to extend Chief Secretary tenure, justifies decision in Naresh Kumar’s case before SC

The Central Government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it possesses the authority to extend the tenure of the Chief Secretary by six months, citing its intention to apply this extension to the current Delhi Chief Secretary, Naresh Kumar (IAS:1987:AGMUT).

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The Central Government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it possesses the authority to extend the tenure of the Chief Secretary by six months, citing its intention to apply this extension to the current Delhi Chief Secretary, Naresh Kumar (IAS:1987:AGMUT). This response followed the Supreme Court’s request on Tuesday for the Centre to clarify the legal basis for such an extension.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, emphasized the national significance of Delhi and stated, “Delhi is the capital of the nation, and the central government is of the view that Naresh Kumar, who is scheduled to retire on November 30, should continue for six months.” He further clarified that rules permit an extension of no more than six months.

The Supreme Court is currently addressing a plea filed by the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government, challenging the Centre’s decision to prolong Naresh Kumar’s tenure or appoint a new official without consulting the Delhi government.