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‘I’m still not spineless’, writes Kerala top cop on Facebook after being transferred

TP Senkumar, who recently lost his job as Kerala’s police chief, took to Facebook to declare that he was not spineless.

He was removed as the Director General of Police after the Left Front government took office replacing the Congress-led UDF.

Senkumar, in his appeal, pointed out that the move violates the Kerala Police Act. The tribunal will consider the appeal on Tuesday.

“I have my vertebras still in place. I have never appeased anyone for a posting. I have tried to be impartial and fair,” Senkumar wrote on a Facebook page created by him.

“My transfer is in violation of the Kerala Police Act. I know that the government can post any officer, but in any case, I am Senkumar and Senkumar cannot become Loknath Behera, and the new government wants Behera and not me,” in a bitter tone Senkumar said.

Senkumar’s last Facebook post as the state’s police chief read, “To all my readers. This may be my last facebook post as SPC of Kerala. This facebook page was created with an intention to have continuous and mutual beneficial interaction. Due to some of the exigencies, this may not have been fully possible. However, I have to thank you for all the suggestions and reactions. I have joined as an IES officer in the Government of India in 1981, before joining IPS. During the last 35 years I have always kept honesty, integrity and justice and a special care for the downtrodden. I still have all my vertebras intact. I have never appeased anybody for any posting. I have always tried to be impartial and fair.

“I can leave this place with full satisfaction that in my entire service career I have never asked any subordinate officer to do anything illegal. I have never allowed in my knowledge to arrest an innocent and pad up evidences. I hope this is the greatest satisfaction that a police officer can get. I have always resisted illegitimate interferences.

So Thank you all!”

In 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the term for the Director General of Police for any state should run at least two years to ensure that if a government changes, there is continuity in the leadership and investigations of the police force, and political interference or pressure is minimalized.

But Mr Senkumar has been removed after just one year in office.

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