Senkumar's reinstatement: SC to continue hearing today

| Updated: May 09, 2017 07:56 IST

New Delhi (India), May 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the case in connection with the reinstatement of former Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) T.P. Senkumar. The apex court had earlier issued a contempt notice to Kerala's Chief Secretary for not reinstating Senkumar as the state DGP. The response was sought by Monday i.e. May 8. The apex court also imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on the state for seeking clarification on it verdict of reappointing Senkumar as the DGP. The Kerala Government later on May 6 issued an order to reinstate Senkumar. The current DGP Loknath Behera was made Director, Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cleared the file to reinstate Senkumar as state DGP. Earlier on May 3, the Kerala Government had filed a modification petition before the top court seeking clarification on its order to reinstate Senkumar as the state police chief. The apex court directed the reinstatement of the former DGP after noting he was removed from the post "arbitrarily". The court set aside the order of the Kerala High Court that had earlier upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) decision. The CAT was in agreement with the State Government's ruling that transferred Senkumar from the post of the state police chief. On April 11, the Kerala Government defended its decision to transfer Senkumar, citing his transfer was a punishment for how he had handled the fallout of the 2016 Puttingal temple fire tragedy, in which 110 people were killed and 300 were injured. The fire tragedy refers to an explosion leading to fireworks display going awry at the temple in Kollam district last year. (ANI)
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