Red-faced Kerala government reinstates TP Senkumar as DGP

Posted May 06, 2017

The sacking had nothing to do with the petitioner's handling of the Jisha murder case or the Puttingal fire tragedy, two incidents that the state claimed showed his incompetence, the lawyer submitted.

"This is a response to the arrogance of the chief minister", he said.

It was on April 24, that the Supreme Court had directed Kerala to reinstate the senior Indian Police Service officer as the Director General of Police.

The CPM-led Kerala government on Friday cleared the reinstatement of T P Senkumar as the state police chief. The contempt plea, filed against the Chief Secretary, alleged there was a "sinister intention" behind her "resolute refusal" to implement the court's direction and sought strict punishment against her.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan signed the related file tonight and the government order would be issued tomorrow, sources in his office said.

In a strongly worded order, the SC bench told the Kerala government that it was wasting the court's time.

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The state's counsel had requested the bench not to impose the fine and had offered to withdraw the application.

Reinstating Senkumar, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta, had then said that the officer was dealt with "unfairly and arbitrarily".

Senkumar should have been appointed soon after the apex courts earlier order, he said, adding the LDF government had no right to continue in office politically or morally.

On Tuesday, the Chief Minister informed the Assembly that his government is duty-bound to abide by the Supreme Court order and it is just awaiting legal opinion on the matter. It also imposed costs of Rs. 25,000 on the State for filing the petition for clarification. Earlier, while reinstating Senkumar, the top court had said no one could help "God's own country" (Kerala's tourism tagline) if "it is bent upon making irregular or illegal appointments to sensitive posts". The government perforce has to reinstate Senkumar after the SC came down heavily on the Pinarayi regime while dismissing its clarification petition.

Senkumar, who is due to retire on June 30, had also urged the court to extend his tenure as state police chief for the period which was illegally taken off from him. The apex court issued the order while considering TP Senkumar's contempt petition over the delay in his reinstatement as the police chief.