TP Senkumar, was removed from the post of Director General of Police (Law and Order) and State Police Chief on June 1st, 2016 and was replaced by, DGP Loknath Behera who was serving as Commandant General Fire & Rescue Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards. ADGP N. Shankar Reddy, who was in charge of the Director, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) was replaced with DGP Dr. Jacob Thomas, who was serving as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) at Kerala Police Housing & Construction Corporation (KPHCC). Senkumar was further directed to take charge as CMD at the KPHCC office.
Senkumar was very much upset with his displacement as the State Police Chief and was very emotional when he talked to the media about his removal. He further noted on Facebook, “During the last 35 years I have always kept honesty, integrity and justice and a special care for the downtrodden. I still have all my vertebras intact. I have never appeased anybody for any posting. I have always tried to be impartial and fair. I can leave this place with full satisfaction that in my entire service career I have never asked any subordinate officer to do anything illegal. I have never allowed in my knowledge to arrest an innocent and pad up evidences. I hope this is the greatest satisfaction that a police officer can get. I have always resisted illegitimate interferences.”
Senkumar has now approached the Central Administrative Tribunal’s, Ernakulam Bench against his removal (a copy of the petition is with The Kochi Post) and is seeking a reinstatement as the State Police Chief. He further contests that the removal is illegal, arbitrary and without authority. One of his key arguments is that as per the directive of the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh’s case, a DGP once appointed to the post should have a minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation.