A day after the former state police chief T.P. Senkumar was booked for allegedly instigating religious enmity, the Crime Branch has decided to go slow on further proceedings. There is no consensus among the Crime Branch officials about the future course of the case. The agency is also not in a hurry to record the statement of the former IPS officer, thanks to the differences among the top brass.
Non-bailable charges had been slapped on Senkumar and the publisher of the magazine that published an interview with the former top cop in which he allegedly made anti-minority statements. Meanwhile, Senkumar is likely to approach the Kerala High Court against the case.
The police headquarters received a number of complaints in the past few days alleging that Senkumar spewed communal venom in the interview. Detailed statements will be recorded in these complaints.
When Senkumar’s statements were widely condemned, he sent letters to DGP Loknath Behera and Crime Branch ADGP Nidhin Agarwal claiming that he had been misquoted. However, once Manjery Sreedharan Nair, the prosecution general, gave legal advice to proceed with the case against Senkumar Crime Branch booked him.
On his part, Senkumar has also consulted his counsels to challenge the case in the court. In an interview published in a magazine, Senkumar had expressed concern over the increase in Muslim population. Out of 100 child births in the state, 42 belonged to the Muslim community, which is a cause of worry, he allegedly told the magazine.
He had also stated that the allegations of ‘love jihad’ could not be dismissed altogether. Senkumar’s statement had sparked a heated debate in the political circles and also on social media.