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Delhi LG refuses to accept case against chief secy Naresh Kumar, terms vigilance minister’s report biased

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena has turned down the report submitted by vigilance Minister Atishi, seeking suspension of chief Naresh Kumar in the Bamnoli land acquisition matter, which pertains to giving ‘undue benefit' of Rs 897 crore to people related to chief secretary's son.

The LG's stand will help the cause of Naresh Kumar, who is expecting service extension of one year from his due date of retirement on November 30, 2023.

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The LG stated that the report appears to be “completely based” on the minister's preconceived assumptions and presumptions.
The LG said that the report prepared by the vigilance minister lacked an unbroken chain of evidence and is based on preconceived assumptions.

“It is surprising and unfortunate that this report, dealing with sensitive vigilance-related matters, is already in the public domain. Its details have been widely reported in the media, which could potentially hamper the ongoing investigation,” the LG noted.

Also read : Delhi govt refers CBI/ED enquiry into role of chief secy in alleged Rs 850 crore scam in Dwarka Expressway land acquisition

Saxena questioned the motive of the supposed enquiry and suspected that the report is being at starting a media trial and politicise the issue.

In the same case, the union ministry of home affairs has suspended 2013 batch Hemant Kumar and sought probe against him for alleged irregularities in awarding compensation for land acquisition in southwest Delhi's Bamnoli village.

The LG said that the matter is already under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) based on his approval.

Why the timing of report is critical?

The chief secretary of Delhi Naresh Kumar, 1987 batch is due to retire on November 30, 2023. The LG has sent a proposal of extension of his tenure by one year to . The AAP government doesn't want Naresh Kumar to remain the chief secretary.

“The issue of in land acquisition and suspected role of chief secretary is being raked up just to tarnish his image so that Naresh Kumar doesn't get the extension,” said an official.

If Kumar gets the extension, he will be the first chief secretary of Delhi government to get the extension.

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