Government Vs IPS officer: TP Senkumar wins at SC, returns as Kerala police chief

Thiruvananthapuram: IPS officer TP Senkumar, who were shunted out by the Pinarayi government, has finally resumed the office of Director general of Kerala police.

After unceremonious ouster, Senkumar had approached Supreme Court. On Saturday, officers have accorded him ceremonial parade welcome and outgoing DGP Loknath Behra formally handed over the charge to Senkumar.

The Supreme Court on Friday slapped Rs. 25,000 costs on the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government for seeking modification of the court’s judgment reinstating T.P. Senkumar as Kerala police chief.

In its clarification, the State took the plea that Senkumar was never appointed the ‘State Police Chief’ and was only designated as the ‘Head of Police Force’. “This is in extremely bad taste. You never made these arguments before in this court and now you have come with this?” a Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur asked Kerala counsel.

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