Kerala govt reinstates TP Senkumar as DGP after Supreme Court censure

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The Kerala government on Friday chose to reinstate senior IPS Officer TP Senkumar as the state's Director General of Police (Law and Order), hours after the Supreme Court dismissed its clarification petition on his appointment with cost.

The court said they know what to do if their orders are not implemented and there was no issue of clarity in their judgement.

Permitting a senior counsel Sidhartha Luthra to withdraw the application for clarification on its April 24 order, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta imposed the fine.

The apex court had in April directed the Pinarayi Vijayan government to reinstate Senkumar as the Director General of Police.

The SC sought response of the Kerala Chief Secretary on a contempt plea filed by Senkumar.

The court dismissed the state's plea for a clarification on the reinstatement of T.P. Senkumar as the state police chief. "I will take charge after getting the order", Senkumar told Express.

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VM Sudheeran, prominent Congress leader, and former KPCC chief told Asianet News, "The state government has continuously shown disrespect towards the apex court decision in Senkumar's case".

SenKumar in the petition alleges that Nalini Netto, who is responsible for removing him from the police chief post, is deliberately delaying his reinstation.

The petition also sought clarification of the April 24 order so that it will not affect the other appointments and transfers effected by the said order other than that of Senkumar. Following the petition, the Supreme Court has now asked the Kerala government to file its reply.

Supreme Court has issued a notice to Kerala government regarding TP Senkumar's reinstatement.

The Kerala government had defended Senkumar's removal, saying he had tried to shield erring policemen in last year's Puttingal temple fire tragedy which left over 100 people dead.

The Opposition in Kerala charged that the government's "machinations" were tantamount to stalling for time and reflected an "arrogant disdain for the rule of law". This will be considered on Tuesday.The court sent a notice to the government seeking an explanation in this regard.