Former Kerala top cop Senkumar gets interim bail

Kochi, July 17 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Monday granted interim bail to former state police chief T.P. Senkumar in a case of making “anti-minority comments”.

Senkumar had filed an anticipatory bail plea after the Kerala Police on Friday booked him for “controversial” comments to an online vernacular magazine.

An FIR was filed after some Muslim organisations complained that Senkumar’s comments were objectionable and derogatory.

When the anticipatory bail application came before the court on Monday, the state government sought more time, leading the court to grant interim bail to Senkumar. The plea will be taken up next Monday.

Senkumar and the current Pinarayi Vijayan government have been at loggerheads for some time and the officer was removed as state police chief as soon as Vijayan became the Chief Minister in May 2016.

However, Senkumar got his chair back after a 11-month legal battle and served as the police chief for 55 days before retiring on June 30.

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