SC fines Kerala Rs 25,000 in Senkumar case


Kerala, 5 May: Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt notice to Kerala Chief Secretary for not reinstating TP Senkumar as state DGP. The apex court asked him to file a response by Monday.
The top court also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the state for seeking clarification on its verdict on reappointing TP Senkumar as DGP.

Permitting a senior counsel Sidhartha Luthra to withdraw the application for clarification on its April 24 order, a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta imposed the fine, which the Kerala government has to deposit in a week’s time.

As Luthra sought to address the court on the clarification sought by the Kerala government, the court said: “We will appreciate what you are saying, but you must appreciate what we have said.”

Imposing the cost, the apex court issued notice to the Pinarayi Vijayan government on a contempt petition by Senkumar contending that despite the April 24 order he has not been reinstated as Director General of State Police.

Appearing for Senkumar, senior counsel Dushyant Dave told the bench: “They (Kerala government) are mocking your lordship’s judgment. When I was transferred I was transferred in 24 hours, but now they are processing (my reinstatement as DGP) for last 13 days.”

“If they don’t implement (our order reinstating Senkumar as DGP), we will see what we can do,” the bench told Dave.

“You must know that one allegation of mala fide was made by them (those appearing for Senkumar). No point in aggravating … by filing, you are strengthening the argument made by them,” the bench said as senior counsel Jaideep Gupta urged the court to take the review petition filed by the state government along with the contempt petition filed by Senkumar.

Making it clear that they would consider the plea for the review of its April 24 order when it comes before them in due course, the court issued notice on the contempt petition moved by Senkumar.

 Wefornews Bureau

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