Kerala’s police chief TP Senkumar is back in command featuring in the local headlines today after Manorama Online reported that he has directed his subordinates not to issue any orders on his behalf, a move that has raised several eyebrows across political circles and at the state police headquarters.
It is a usual practice at the police headquarters for officers starting from the rank of assistant inspector 1 to the additional DGP (ADGP) to issue orders on behalf of the state police chief. Further, in the event of the DGP’s absence, the ADGP or the IGP at the police headquarters can issue and sign orders on matters that are of a serious nature.
With the latest order, Kerala’s police chief TP Senkumar has halted this practice at the police headquarters. It had been earlier reported by local TV channels such as Asianet and Manorama that the state government had brought in loyalists at the police headquarters just before Senkumar had taken charge.
TP Senkumar, who was reinstated recently by the Kerala government as the state police chief, is back in command after a hard-fought legal battle in the Supreme Court, following which the LDF government was forced to comply with the apex court order, after being slammed in court for the delay in implementation of Senkumar’s reinstatement.
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Known for his efficiency in tackling cases, TP Senkumar’s ”honest service record” had got him legal relief from the Supreme Court when he challenged his removal before the apex court and was thereafter reinstated by the LDF government.
TP Senkumar’s reinstatement also came as a major setback for the LDF government as the legal battle caused loss of face for the party leadership and it also gave the Opposition an opportunity to raise the issue several times in the state legislative assembly.