The Supreme Court of India recently directed the State to reinstate Director General of Police (DGP), Dr. T.P. Senkumar as the State Police Chief. It seems the State Government is in no mood to reinstate the officer. The Kerala Government has informed the Supreme Court that Mr. Senkumar was never appointed as the State Police Chief.
The State Government’s counsel informed the Apex Court that the ‘State Police Chief’ is a distinct and separate post under Section 18 of the Kerala Police Act and Mr. Senkumar was appointed to the post of ‘Director General of Police and Head of Police Force’ and not to the post of ‘Director General of Police and State Police Chief,’ which is a separate and distinct post.
Chances are rare that the Supreme Court would buy this argument. This may probably be seen as a delay tactic in reinstating Dr. Senkumar who is due to retire in June 2017. It should also be noted that the Supreme Court closes for summer vacation on May 9, 2017 and will reopen only on July 3, 2017.