T.P. Senkumar, who was unceremoniously shunted out the day Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assumed office in May last year, took charge as Kerala police chief on Saturday.
He was reinstated as the Director General of Police by the state government on Friday.
Talking to media persons after taking charges, Senkumar said he will not comment on the legal issues and will concentrate on discharging his official duty.
He has filed a contempt petition against Chief Secretary Nalini Netto.
t the moment my priority as an important head of a department is towards the state government’s policies, especially issues concerning security of women and children. I don’t expect any sort of confrontation from anywhereTP Senkumar
Senkumar, who arrived at the police headquarters in police uniform and was given a ceremonial welcome by an impressive guard of honour, also told media that he will meet CM at the earliest.
In the ceremony, he also took the baton from Loknath Behra, who replaced him last year.
Meanwhile, Vijayan told reporters that the state government went to the apex court because some clarifications were needed.
The Supreme Court is the last word and hence the reinstatement has been madePinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM
Former State Congress President V.M. Sudheeran said this is the biggest setback for the arrogant Vijayan government.
"All wish that through this setback, Vijayan will understand how to behave," said Sudheeran.
Former State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief P.S. Sreedharan Pillai said the law has won and Vijayan has suffered a major setback.
Senkumar was moved out of office the day Vijayan assumed charge in May last year for the "poor handling" of a firecracker tragedy at a temple and the Jisha murder case.
After Senkumar's petition against his removal was turned down by the Central Administrative Tribunal and subsequently by the Kerala High Court, the Supreme Court on April 24 directed the Kerala government to reinstate him.
However, the Vijayan government failed to implement the order in time.
Finally, on Friday morning, the apex court, hearing a clarification petition about its April 24 order slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on the state government for wasting the court's time.
The court said they knew what to do if its orders were not implemented.
Hours after the order, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday night reinstated Senkumar as the police chief.