April 25 : Deploring vindictive attitude of govt. in shuttling officials holding sensitive positions, the Supreme Court yesterday ordered reinstatement of former DGP T. P. Senkumar, citing “ rule of law should not become a casualty to the whims and fancies of political executive.”
Former DGP Senkumar had petitioned the apex court when the present LDF govt. replaced him with NIA official Loknath Behara, soon after coming to power last year. The revengeful move came for having booked several Left activists in a political murder case that rocked the state with many of them lurking in jail now, former DGP argued.
Defence for govt. contended that Senkumar was transferred for protecting errant police officials in 2016 Puttingal temple fire which killed more 110 people when fireworks display went awry and ‘mishandling’ Jisha murder case, where the law student was found brutally murdered after rape last year.
However the court did not buy that gist of excuse and rather lend credence to Senkumar’s claim of political vendetta involved in his removal and ruled that the transfer was indeed ‘unfair and arbitary’.
The dissenting judgement said ‘no one can help “God’s Own Country” if it was bent upon making irregular or illegal appointments to sensitive posts,” and ordered a quick reversal for Senkumar to his former post as DGP, Kerala.
The reinstatement order sets aside Kerala High Court order that earlier upheld State’s administrative tribunal ruling that endorsed Senkumar’s transfer to be in line with norms and law.
In a deeply embarrassing turn of events, the govt. will now see Senkumar resume his former post with immediate effect and will stay put till June 30, the date he is due to retire.