Former Kerala police chief TP Senkumar moved the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Kerala chief secretary Nalini Netto over the delay in his reinstatement.
Senkumar has termed the delay in issuing orders on Netto’s part as ‘willful and deliberate disobedience’ of the Supreme Court, as per a report by Krishnadas Rajagopal in The Hindu.
He further alleged that Netto was the ‘primary component’, who had ‘created’ reasons for his removal on June 1, 2016 and that she was now trying to delay his reinstatement.
In the plea filed by his lawyer Harris Beeran, Senkumar has sought an extension of his service period to make up for the time lost in the last one year.
On April 24, 2017, the Supreme Court passed a detailed judgement where it ruled that the Kerala government’s decision to remove Senkumar from the post of DGP for poor performance, especially following the Puttingal temple fire tragedy and the Jisha murder case, was arbitrary and unfair.
Senkumar claimed that following the SC judgement, he had written to the Chief Secretary the very next day and had also sent a second communication attaching a copy of the SC verdict.
"The intention of the Respondent Contemnor [Netto], who is the authority to issue orders of reinstatement, seems to delay the implementation wilfully so that the petitioner [Senkumar] 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," Senkumar submitted in his plea.