In a surprising development, there has been an official nod for prosecution proceedings to be initiated against state police chief TP Senkumar, based on a complaint from the Additional IG V Gopalakrishnan.
In a surprising development, there has been an official nod for prosecution proceedings to be initiated against state police chief TP Senkumar, based on a complaint from the Additional IG V Gopalakrishnan. Chief Secretary Nalini Netto reportedly gave the approval for legal proceedings to be initiated against TP Senkumar. With this development, the stand-off between the state government and the state police chief has further intensified.
Meanwhile, local newspapers have reported that their sources indicate that TP Senkumar is likely to move legally against the prosecution proceedings that have been given the go-ahead by Chief Secretary Nalini Netto. There are also allegations that as TP Senkumar is likely to retire from service on June 30, this move to initiate proceedings against him aims to impact his pension-related benefits.
The complaint that is now in the spotlight pertains to an incident in 2012 – at the time, Senkumar was ADGP (South Zone). According to Additional IG V Gopalakrishnan who is the complainant, TP Senkumar had verbally abused him during a visit to the Police Training College, which is located in Thiruvananthapuram. It was further alleged that Senkumar had caused him mental torture by filing a confidential report to belittle him when the former was DySP of State Human Rights Commission in 2006 and that in his capacity as IG, Senkumar had registered fake cases against him.
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TV channels reported that V Gopalakrishnan had raised this complaint earlier and sought permission to prosecute Senkumar, but his pleas were rejected by previous governments, whereas in this instance, Chief Secretary Nalini Netto has given the go ahead.
TP Senkumar was reinstated by LDF as DGP after a prolonged legal battle, following which the apex court directed the government to reinstate Senkumar as state police chief. The LDF government had no option but to comply with the order or face further legal consequences.
Following his reinstatement, the stand off between the state government and state police chief TP Senkumar seems to have further intensified.