Kerala Ex- DGP Dr TP Senkumar moved the Supreme Court by filing a contempt petition against Kerala Chief Secretary Nalini Netto over the delay in his reinstatement as the State Police Chief as ordered by the Supreme Court.
It was on 24th April the division bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta directed the state government to reinstate Dr. Senkumar as Kerala DGP.
The Contempt Petition filed through Advocate Haris Beeran states that the Petitioner wrote a communication dated 25.4.2017 to the Chief Secretary Nalini Netto to expeditiously carry out the directions of the Apex Court and to issue appropriate instructions regarding the same.
“The intention of the Respondent Contemnor, who is the authority to issue orders of reinstatement, seems to delay the implementation wilfully so that the Petitioner will not get the fruits of the decree which he has got. The Contemnor is also conscious of the fact that once this Hon’ble Court closes for summer recess on 9th may 2017, it reopens only on 3rd July, 2017 which will make the Petitioner remediless and thus frustrate the judgment of this Hon’ble Court”,states the Petition.
Dr. Senkumar has also requested the top court to consider extending the tenure of the Petitioner as State Police Chief for the period which was illegally taken off from him.
He was appointed as the State Police Chief on 22.5.2015 for a period of 2 years and he was removed, illegally, as found by the Court on 1.6.2016.
According to the Petitioner, going by the principles of the judgment in Prakash Singh’s case, he is entitled for his remaining tenure irrespective of his superannuation.
The petitioner also submitted that the contemnor- Chief Secretary was a primary component in the removal of the Petitioner which culminated in the present judgment. Therefore, it is plausible that she would attempt at all costs to wilfully circumvent/ delay the compliance of the judgment.
The Petitioner also submitted that it would be in the interest of justice to take stringent action against the contemnor-chief secretary for her wilful disobedience of Supreme Court’s express direction in the order and judgment dated 24.4.2017.
Read the Petition here.