Encounter specialist and Mumbai Police police sub inspector Daya Nayak,who had been under suspension since January 2006 following a disproportionate assets case against him,was on Saturday reinstated and posted in the Local Arms department of the city police.
Senior officers said the order for Nayaks reinstatement was issued by Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik on Saturday,and he has been posted in the Local Arms department.
In 2003,former journalist Ketan Tirodkar had submitted a private complaint in a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court alleging that he,along with Nayak,had acted at the behest of the mafia.
While the police later filed a chargesheet against Tirodkar under MCOCA,Nayak was cleared for lack of evidence. In January 2006,the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) raided Nayaks residence and booked him for having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. After a non-bailable warrant was issued against him,Nayak surrendered and was taken into custody. He was suspended from his post at Charkop police station. During a lengthy investigation by the ACB,the agency arrested Nayaks associate P Manivelan for allegedly laundering his money.
The ACB could not unearth any evidence to prove the charges against Nayak,and thus could not file a chargesheet. In October 2009,the then Maharashtra DGP,SS Virk,denied permission to prosecute Nayak in the case stating there was no sufficient grounds,and had cleared him of all charges.
In July 2010,the Supreme Court dismissed,for technical reasons,the private complaint which had triggered MCOCA proceedings against Nayak,ending a six-year-long judicial effort to prove the encounter specialists links to organised crime syndicates.
The Supreme Court had observed that prior sanction had not been taken from the Mumbai Police chief before starting proceedings in the private complaint.
This sanction is a mandatory pre-condition under the MCOCA law,the bench said. The decision came after Nayak appealed to the apex court against a Bombay High Court decision in August 2007,upholding the Special Courts finding that there was prima facie evidence to charge Nayak under the MCOCA.
Sand mafia take back seized vehicle
Suspected members of the sand mining mafia Saturday allegedly attacked police and fled with a sand-laden tractor-trolley seized by the cops. The police said they got information that some persons were illegally carrying sand in tractor-trolleys from Jahargaon in Chambal Ghadiyal sanctuary area. Following the tip-off,they seized one of the tractor-trolleys and arrested its driver.
After some time members of the sand mafia came to the spot in large numbers and attacked the police with stones before fleeing with the seized vehicle,they said.