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CM Pinarayi signs Senkumar’s reinstatement order

Thiruvananthapuram: A red-faced Kerala government Friday decided to reinstate senior IPS Officer T P Senkumar as state’s DGP (Law and Order), on a day the Supreme Court dismissed its clarification petition on his appointment with cost.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan signed the related file Friday night and the government order would be issued today, sources in his office said.

Senkumar told media persons that he would react only after the order has been issued.

Incumbent DGP Loknath Behara is likely to be appointed DGP, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Senkumar, who is due to retire on June 30, was removed two days after the CPI (M)-led LDF government assumed office on May 25 last year.

He had moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), challenging his removal, but his plea was turned down. The Kerala High Court had later upheld the CAT’s verdict.

The Supreme Court had, however, on Apr 24 directed the reinstatement of Senkumar, saying he was transferred by the LDF government “unfairly” and “arbitrarily”.

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