The Supreme Court (SC) on 24 April 2017 directed the Kerala government to reinstate T.P. Senkumar as Director General of Police (DGP) of the state. The ruling was made by a bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta. The bench ruled that Senkumar was dealt unfairly and arbitrarily .
This ruling of Supreme Court came as a major setback for Left Democratic Front government led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who transferred Senkumar to the Kerala Police Housing and Construction Ltd and instead appointed Lokanath Behara as the new DGP.
The court also set aside the rulings of the Central Administrative Tribunal and the Kerala High Court which were in favour of the Kerala Government.
Kerala Government removed and transferred TP Senkumar by citing his ineffective performance due to the delay in investigation in the Jisha murder case and the Puttingal fire tragedy.
Following the transfer, Senkumar approached the Kerala High Court, but failed to get a favourable verdict. He then approached the Supreme Court and defended himself by mentioning that his transfer was an outcome of his investigations of political murders in the state in which the ruling party members were allegedly involved.
Moreover, Senkumar’s lawyers senior advocate Dushyant Dave and Prashant Bhushan argued that the transfer violated the Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling which restricted the government’s powers in transferring top cops.
What: Directed by SC
When: 24 April 2017