Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kerala Law Minister says govt. will work according to Supreme Court's spirit

Kerala Law Minister says govt. will work according to Supreme Court's spirit

The government had no other option but to re-instate Senkumar as the Director General of Police, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

However, the government delayed the reinstatement for a week and filed an application on Thursday to clarify the court's April 24 judgment.

The Supreme court order was widely seen as a setback to the LDF government.

The court observed if the "State Government of Kerala is bent upon making irregular or illegal appointments to sensitive posts, then no one can help God's own country". "The government has received a severe setback as the court has also ordered it to pay Rs 25,000 from the state exchequer towards court expense", Chennithala said.

He alleged that Chief Secretary Ms Nalini Netto was not executing the SC order leading to the contempt of court.

The modification plea, filed by advocate G Prakash, claimed that to be appointed as the state police chief, the procedure under Section 18 of the Kerala Police Act, 2011 should have been followed.

The Supreme Court bench said it had not gone into the allegations of malafide raised by Senkumar but the state confirmed the same by filing such an application.

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In an order issued on April 24 by a division bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta, the government was directed to reinstate TP Senkumar as the Police Chief of the state.

State BJP President Kummanem Rajasekheran said the fine of Rs 25,000 should be taken from the salary of Vijayan.

The apex court directed the reinstatement of the former Director General of Police (DGP) after noting he was removed from the post "arbitrarily". The proposal will be promulgated as a Government Order on Saturday.

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 Opposition in Kerala charged that the government's "machinations" were tantamount to stalling for time and reflected an "arrogant disdain for the rule of law".

The Court proceeded to issue notice to the State in the contempt petition.

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