In a significant development reported by Mathrubhumi Online, Law Secretary BG Harindranath along with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s legal advisor NK Jayakumar has submitted a report today. The Law Secretary’s report states that Supreme Court’s direction to the state government to reinstate TP Senkumar has to be implemented immediately.
Local media has also reported that the Law Secretary pointed out that even if the state opts to file a review petition in this matter, it will be heard before the same SC bench, therefore, there is no scope for a second review regarding the same.
On Monday, Supreme Court had directed Kerala state to reappoint TP Senkumar as police chief. On the same day, speaking to several local TV channels like Asianet News and Manorama News, TP Senkumar had stated, “Transfers are not new to me. I have been transferred earlier also but this was a different case altogether. It came to my notice that there was a forgery in files that were related to the Jisha and temple fire case that was later made out against me. With over 30 years of honest, hard work in my career, I had no other option but to fight for justice legally.That there was a foul play came to light only when I filed for more details as per the Right to Information Act.”
According to another report in Manorama Online, it was then seen that 12 new pages had been added after Page 9 in the concerned file. Also, the file seems to have been passed on to CM without first showing it to the Chief Secretary SM Vijayanand.
TP Senkumar had further pointed out several anomalies in the manner of his removal from the post of Police Chief. However, he also stated categorically, “I do not think the government is responsible for the changes made in the files – they had just taken charge when this happened, but it is important that those individuals who were behind this should be probed.”
Reacting to the SC direction on TP Senkumar’s reinstatement, former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said, “Senkumar has got justice. The then government, in its first report, did not have the opinion that there was any lapse on the part of the investigation team in relation to the probe.”