Former Director General of Police T P Senkumar, who was shifted as State Police Chief as soon as the Left Democratic Front Government, led by Pinarayi Vijayan assumed office, has decided to continue his legal battle for justice in the Supreme Court.
Senkumar moved the apex court the other day against the verdict of the Kerala High Court, which had dismissed the petition against his summary removal before he completed his two-year term in office. Senkumar had been appointed as State Police Chief by the previous Oommen Chandy Government.
Senkumar had first approached the Central Administrative Tribunal against the State Government's decision to replace him with Loknath Behera, who was junior to him in service. The CAT dismissed his petition after which he moved the High Court.
The Kerala High Court upheld the State Government's contention that it had the discretionary powers to select the State Police Chief under Section 97(2)(e) of Kerala Police Act. Under this proviso, the government can transfer any police officer before completing the normal tenure of two years if the government was prima facie satisfied that his action had caused serious dissatisfaction in the general public about efficiency of the police.
In his appeal in the Supreme Court, the former top cop said his official career was destroyed as an act of revenge by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the major party in the LDF coalition, as he had taken action against the leaders of that party during his tenure as DGP.
"I had investigated the role of CPM leaders in the TP Chandrasekharan murder case, Shukoor murder case and Kathiroor Manoj murder case. (These are prominent political murder cases in which several CPI(M) leaders were arrested for their involvement).
“I was removed from the DGP post as I probed the role of CPI(M) Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan in the Kathiroor Manoj murder case. CPI(M) leaders feared my actions. The result was that my official life was ruined.
"When I was the DGP, only one murder occurred in Kannur. However, after my tenure, nine murders occurred in the district. These are the figures from July 19 onwards. After Pinarayi government came to power, several officers were transferred within two years. This shows the pathetic situation where the state is going,” Senkumar said.