Armed with contempt petition, Senkumar keeps Govt guessing

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Back at the helm of the Kerala police after a tortuous legal battle, T.P. Senkumar keeps the government on tenterhooks. The director general of police told reporters that he was looking forward to working closely with the state government but evaded a question on whether he would withdraw the contempt of court petition he had initiated against the government in the Supreme Court.

Senkumar might request the court to extend his service to make up for the days lost in the tussle with the government when his petition is considered on Tuesday. He told reporters on Saturday that he had not raised such a demand because he did not want to keep his successors waiting for their turn.

The police chief did not respond to a question on a complaint that the chief secretary had tampered with official documents as the matter was pending before the Supreme Court.

Former chief minister Oommen Chandy has apparently raised the issue with the government but the police are yet to receive the complaint, Senkumar said. He said he would meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

He said he was not on a warpath with the government and he did not expect any problems from the government. Asked if he would work to enforce government policy, he said the police would enforce all legal directions.

Senkumar was received at the police headquarters by outgoing director general of police Lokanath Behera, who took over when Senkumar was ousted by the LDF government 11 months ago. Top officers were present to greet the new police chief. Senkumar had stayed away from the headquarters when Behera arrived to take charge. Behera took charge from additional director general of police Anil Kant.

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