Cop files contempt plea against Kerala chief secretary for delaying reinstatement
T P Senkumar said although the apex court had ordered his immediate reinstatement last week, the government had failed to take any step.Updated: Apr 29, 2017 23:53 IST
Senior police officer T P Senkumar on Saturday filed a contempt petition against Kerala chief secretary in the Supreme Court for delaying his reinstatement as the state DGP.
Senkumar said although the apex court had ordered his immediate reinstatement last week, the government had failed to take any step in this regard.
He pointed out that chief secretary Nalini Netto, who played a key role in removing him when the new government came to power last May, will do everything possible to delay his reinstatement.
Senkumar also cited the case of the Karnataka chief secretary who was awarded one-month jail term for failing to comply with the SC order.
Two days back, the state law secretary had advised the state government that it was better to implement the SC order than file a review petition. The government also sought the advice of senior lawyer Harish Salve, who represented the state in the case.
Soon after the new government came to power, the DGP was shunted out citing “inept handling of the Jisha murder case (a law student who was murdered brutally at her home) and Puttingal fire tragedy that claimed 110 lives.
After transferring him, the government had appointed Loknath Behra, a former NIA officer, as the DGP. Later, Senkumar moved the court challenging the government decision.
In his plea he said he was punished for carrying out an impartial probe in T P Chandrasekharan murder case in which police booked many CPI(M) leaders. Marxist renegade T P Chandrashekaran was brutally murdered near his house in 2012 by a gang of CPI(M) workers. Many CPI(M) leaders are jail now.
Later the court ruled that his transfer was arbitrary and not according to the established norms.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has asked chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to “shed his ego and stubbornness” and reinstate the police chief immediately.
First Published: Apr 29, 2017 16:07 IST