On the day the Supreme Court sought response of the Kerala Chief Secretary on a contempt plea by senior IPS officer T P Senkumar, who alleged delay in his reinstatement as the state police chief despite the apex court’s order, it is now being reported that the officer has been reinstated, PTI revealed quoting the chief minister’s office sources.
Earlier in the day, the apex court had imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the Kerala government, which had filed a separate application seeking certain clarifications on its April 24 judgement on Senkumar.
Appearing for Senkumar, advocate Dushyant Dave, told the bench that the state government has “mocked” at the judgement passed by the apex court, which had on April 24 directed reinstatement of the senior IPS officer as the state police chief, PTI reported. The apex court had on April 24 ordered the reinstatement of Senkumar, saying he was transferred by the ruling LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily”.
Senkumar had on April 29 moved the apex court seeking contempt action against the state government and its chief secretary alleging “wilful, deliberate disobedience” of its order reinstating him. Earlier today, the Supreme Court had issued contempt notice to the Kerala Chief Secretary Nalini Netto for not following its orders to reinstate T P Senkumar as the Director General of Police of the state. According to IE, the SC had ordered to reinstate Kumar to his former post on April 24 and had observed that his transfer by the LDF government had been unfair and arbitrary. The apex court is also reported to have imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the government for seeking clarification on its verdict.