- The Kerala CM said in the Assembly that an apology has not been tendered, and that the Rs 25,000 paid to the SC was not a fine
- Minutes later, the chief secretary tendered an unconditional apology for the delay in reinstating TP Senkumar as state police chief
- Senkumar was removed from the post when Pinarayi Vijayan took over as Chief Minister in May 2016
- Senkumar re-assumed charge as the state police chief on Saturday
It seems Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's struggles in the TP Senkumar issue will not end just yet.
Just minutes after the CM informed the Kerala Assembly that the government has not apologised to the Supreme Court in the issue, chief secretary Nalini Netto tendered an unconditional apology in her affidavit filed before the apex court for delaying the order that directed the reinstatement of Senkumar as the state police chief.
Congress legislator K Muraleedharan, seeking leave for an adjournment motion in the Assembly on Monday, pointed out that due to the attitude of Pinarayi, the government had to tender an apology and pay a fine of Rs 25,000, which has caused embarrassment to the state.
The CM replied an apology has not not tendered, and that the Rs 25,000 was not a fine. However, minutes later, Netto's affidavit was made in the SC. In her petition, she has tendered an unconditional apology that a delay occurred in implementing the apex court's order directing the reinstatement of Senkumar.
Senkumar was removed from the post when Pinarayi took over as Chief Minister in May 2016. It was only after the apex court came down heavily on the Kerala government last week that he signed Senkumar's reinstatement order.
Senkumar got his order on Saturday and re-assumed charge as the state police chief in the evening. It remains to be seen if the IPS officer will withdraw his contempt petition against the government filed in the SC.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:48 PM IST