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Kerala sat on KAT post for TP Senkumar

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 29, 2017, 7:01 am IST
Updated Apr 29, 2017, 7:24 am IST
The delay could also invite contempt of court proceedings.
IPS officer T.P. Senkumar
 IPS officer T.P. Senkumar

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is sitting on a recommendation to appoint senior IPS officer T.P. Senkumar and retired IAS officer V. Somasundaran as Kerala Administrative Tribunal (KAT) members, despite assuring the High Court in October last year that the list would be sent  to the Governor within two weeks.

This has triggered yet another allegation of  vindictive action against Mr. Senkumar after his removal from the state police chief post  by the CPM-led LDF government. The delay could also invite contempt of court proceedings.

 

It was in October 2016 a high-level committee headed by High Court Chief Justice recommended the names of  Mr. Senkumar and Mr. Somasundaran for the two vacancies in KAT. Owing to the government’s delay in forwarding the list to the Governor, a Thiruvananthapuram native approached the High Court. The advocate-general subsequently assured the HC that the list would be forwarded  in two weeks and that after consultations with the Governor it would be sent  to the centre within another week for further steps for appointment. Based on this, the HC disposed of the petition on April 6. But even after three weeks, the file has not  reached the Gover-nor’s office, official sources confirmed.

 

Sources said that though the government was earlier planning to put a dissent note on Mr. Senkumar's appointment citing his removal from the police chief post, that plan suffered a setback as the SC scrapped the charges cited by the government for Mr Senkumar’s removal.

Though there were unconfirmed reports that the government was  planning to send back the list to the selection committee seeking names of more persons, sources said that it has no such powers.

Meanwhile sources at the Chief Minister's office said that the delay was due to administrative procedures.

 

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