New Delhi: The Centre has prevented the appointment of former Kerala DGP TP Senkumar as a member of the Kerala Administrative Tribunal.
The Centre has issued directions that a decision on Senkumar's appointment should be taken only after the cases against him are over.
The Centre has also directed that former additional chief secretary V Somasundaram, whose name was recommended by the selection committee, should be appointed in the tribunal now.
The State government also had opposed the appointment of Senkumar earlier.
According to the directions issued by Centre, the decision regarding appointing Senkumar as a member of the tribunal should be taken only after the cases against him are completed. The recommendations for the appointment has to be submitted again. The Centre has sent the letter in this regard to the Principal Secretary of the State.
The State government had recommended the appointment of Senkumar on June 28. There are two vacancies in the Tribunal presently. A committee headed by the High Court and comprising the Chief Secretary and PSC Chairman selected the qualified candidates and recommended their names. The Supreme Court will take the final decision after ascertaining the opinion of the state government, governor and Centre. The Centre has informed the Supreme Court's decision to the Kerala government now.
Two criminal cases exist against Senkumar presently. Moreover, a probe report of ADGP B Sandhya also exists against Senkumar.
While recommending Senkumar as a member of the Kerala Administrative Tribunal, the State government had informed the Centre that TP Senkumar’s credibility is under a cloud and he was a person who is facing several allegations.