Senior cops reject ACB pleas to prosecute suspended encounter specialist, paving the way for his return to the police force
Senior cops yesterday rejected the ACB's pleas to prosec- ute suspended encounter specialist Daya Nayak.
The decision, which was jointly taken by outgoing Director General of Police S Virk, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Deputy Inspector General Nikit Kaushik and Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Parande, has cleared the way for Nayak's return to the force.
Nayak, who once served water at an Udupi restaurant in Andheri, attended a night school to complete his education.
He was inducted into the police force in 1996.
Rs 1 cr from actors
In 2001, the ACB received a mail, requesting officials to investigate Nayak's assets. It was alleged the encounter specialist had collected around Rs 1 crore from Bollywood actors.
But he was given a clean chit later that year by senior policemen. Nayak suffered the first setback when he was transferred from the Criminal Investigation Unit at Andheri (East) to Kandivli police station in 2002.
Arrest in 2006
On December 3, 2004, Nayak was charged with disproportionate assets worth Rs 41.75 lakh and arrested in 2006. Following investigations, it was discovered that only an amount of Rs 6 lakh, could not be accounted for.
Nayak, who has allegedly eliminated 82 gangsters so far, had accused the underworld of trying to silence him.
Nayak had explained that the money was part of the Rs 7 lakh the commissioner had given him from his secret fund to pay some informers.