T P Senkumar, the DGP of Kerala who was transferred ‘unfairly and arbitrarily’ was asked by the Supreme Court to be reinstated. Noting the political vendetta behind the transfer, SC said that the rule of law should not become a casualty to the whims and fancies of political executive by referring to the Prakash Singh case of 2006.
Supreme Curt said aside the High Court order which had upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) decision that had not found fault with the state government’s decision to transfer Senkumar from the post of the state police chief and the reins were handed over to Loknath Behra.
The state government contended that Senkumar was transferred as a fallout of the events after the Puttingal Temple tragedy, in which 110 people were killed in April 2016, and the infamous Jisha murder case last May which did not attract any interest by the SC judges.
The apex court, however, snubbed the Kerala government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by putting questions whether he would remove the police chief if his cabinet colleagues were under investigation in any case though the State Government said that it did not do the act as a punishment but was forced to due to do it due to the general resentment of the Public after the Puttingal Temple tragedy.
Senkumar had challenged his removal as a violation of Section 97(2)(e) of Kerala Police Act which assures a two-year tenure to the DGP.