Breaking: SC imposes costs of Rs. 25,000 on Kerala government in TP Senkumar case
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Breaking: SC imposes costs of Rs. 25,000 on Kerala government in TP Senkumar case

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today imposed costs of Rs. 25,000 on the Kerala government in the petition filed by the state seeking clarification of the Court’s judgment in the TP Senkumar case.

A Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta heard the clarification petition filed by the state and the contempt petition filed by Senkumar.

It issued notice to the State in the contempt petition. The State government opted to withdraw the clarification petition but the Court proceeded to impose costs on the State nevertheless.

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for Senkumar, while Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta appeared for the state.

Senkumar had moved the Supreme Court contending that the judgment of Supreme Court reinstating him as police chief of Kerala was not being implemented by the State.

Dave today told the Court that while it took the State government only 24 hours to transfer him, it has been more than 13 days since the Court pronounced it’s judgment and no action has been taken so far.

The Court proceeded to issue notice to the State in the contempt petition.  It also imposed costs of Rs. 25,000 on the State for filing the petition for clarification.

“Learned counsel for the applicant seeks leave to withdraw the application. The application is dismissed as withdrawn with costs of Rs.25,000/- to be paid to the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within a week from today for utilization of juvenile justice issues”, the Court ordered.

Senkumar was removed from his post by the LDF government on the grounds that his handling of the Puttingal firework disaster and the rape and murder of the Dalit law student at Perumbavoor were “totally unsatisfactory.” The Court had categorically turned down the two reasons adverted to by the State government for removal of Senkumar.

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