The Thiruvananthapuram Museum police has registered a case against former Kerala police chief TP Senkumar on charges of producing forged documents while applying for medical leave for eight months during his tenure.
The police have slapped non-bailable charges on him, including 465, 468 and 167 of the Indian Penal Code, reports Times of India. The sections could attract up to a maximum of seven years of imprisonment and deal with forgery of documents for personal gain.
It is reliably learnt, TOI reports, that the government insisted on registering a criminal case against Senkumar after the VACB (vigilance and anti-corruption bureau) could not find a vigilance angle to the petition against him.
The Crime Branch in July initiated a probe against former Senkumar based on complaints received by DGP Loknath Behera that he has made anti-minority statements.
Not in the good books of the CPI (M) which leads the ruling Left Democratic Front government in the state, the former officer and the government have been fighting each other ever since the LDF came to power in May 2016. He was removed within days after the LDF assumed power.
After a legal battle of 11 months, Senkumar secured a Supreme Court verdict in favour of him, which compelled the government to reinstate him in May this year. Senkumar retired on June 30. The sensational interview was given days after his retirement.
The current case pertains to the period when Senkumar went on leave after he was removed from the DGP post.
A local CPI (M) leader had filed a petition with the VACB against him alleging that Senkumar had forged documents to apply for the leave and he was attending personal needs during the period.
However, Senkumar said that the case has been registered with ill-motive and the charges are baseless. “The correction of the dates on the medical certificates have been done by the doctor himself to rectify my mistake. Nobody has sought the doctor’s version,” TOI report states Senkumar .