Thiruvananthapuram: Former director general of police (DGP) in Kerala, Senkumar, has now reacted to news reports that claim he may be elevated to the Governor’s post. 

“I don’t know whether I will become the Governor or something else. I went to meet BJP national president, Amit Shah, to request him to make laws so that all temples including Sabarimala as well as the Devaswom boards are in the hands of believers,” he said to media.

Sen Kumar said that he had not discussed anything related to the Governor’s post during his meeting with Amit Shah. “I also have no plans to go to Delhi immediately. I will be going to Hyderabad to conduct classes for IPS officers telling them how I won the Supreme Court case against the government,” he said.

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Senkumar said non-believers governing a temple of believers is not a right practice. As per the seventh section of the Indian Consitution, the Centre has the right to protect temples. I have handed over the details of that legal aspect to Amit Shah. Other than that, nothing else was discussed,” he clarified.

Earlier, Senkumar had successfully fought a legal battle against the LDF government for removing him from the state police chief’s post. Various courts too scrapped a series of cases initiated against him. There were also allegations that a new vigilance investigation might be undertaken by the government against him to destroy his chances of getting appointed as Kerala Administrative Tribunal member. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had then stated that the officer had connections with the right-wing parties.

In 2014,  Senkumar was appointed as the DGP, Prisons. He has also investigated many important cases in Kerala like the LIS financial scam, Mangium, Teak and Goat scam cases, Vithura and Pandalam sexual assault cases and French spy case among others. He was appointed as the state police chief on May 31, 2015, replacing K S Balasubramaniam, who retired on  May 31, 2015. 

Senkumar was replaced by the LDF government as the state police chief as soon as they came to power in 2016, but the director general of police dragged the government to the Supreme Court before getting another job. Senkumar retired on June 30, 2017.