Kerala: CM Vijayan loses battle against ex-DGP TP Senkumar as Supreme Court orders to reinstate him

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had expelled DGP TP Senkumar from his post on grounds of public interest on May 28 last year.

The Supreme Court today ordered to reinstate expelled Director General of Police (DGP) TP Senkumar, while slamming the Kerala government for arbitrary expulsion of the state police chief.

The division bench consisting of Justice Madan B Lockur and Deepak Gupta ruled "Removal of TP Senkumar from post of state police chief by the state government is against earlier Supreme Court rulings."

They also quashed the Kerala High Court order that endorsed government's decision.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had removed DGP TP Senkumar from his post on grounds of public interest on May 28 last year. His junior officer Loknath Behera was then appointed as the chief.

Senkumar then approached the high court, who defended the Vijayan government's disciplinary action against him over callous investigation in Nisha Murder case and Puttingal Temple tragedy.

The ousted DGP had argued that the government was acting with malice because he had stirred many cases related to several politicians.

While hearing the case, the apex court criticised the state government for its double standards approach.

The court also said that no police officer could serve the state if he or she takes action based on media reports.

"I'm happy that I can retire with dignity. I fought for all who fall victim to political whims and fancies while serving the people honestly," TP Senkumar told India Today.

A 1983 batch IPS officer Senkumar was appointed as DGP in May 2015.