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SC directs Kerala govt to reinstate former DGP TP Senkumar

LiveMint logoLiveMint 24-04-2017 Apurva Vishwanath

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Kerala government to reinstate former Director General of Police (DGP) T.P. Senkumar who was transferred in 2016.

“We are of the opinion that Senkumar was unfairly treated,” the court said, while setting aside an earlier ruling of the Kerala high court that upheld chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s decision to transfer Senkumar and appoint Loknath Behra instead.

A bench comprising justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta was hearing an appeal by Senkumar who claimed that his transfer was politically motivated.

While the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Alliance government cites ineffective performance—delay in investigation in Jisha case and the Puttingal fire tragedy—as the reasons, Senkumar claimed in court that he was transferred because he investigated political murders in the state in which the ruling party members were allegedly involved.

Senkumar’s lawyers senior advocate Dushyant Dave and Prashant Bhushan argued that the transfer was in violation of the apex court’s 2006 ruling which restricted the government’s hold in transferring top cops.

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