More than six years after he was suspended from the police force, encounter specialist Daya Nayak was reinstated on Saturday.
Suspended as police sub-inspector, Nayak was, on Saturday, given his promotion and posted as assistant police inspector at the Local Arms division of the Mumbai police.
Nayak is one of the 20 suspended policemen whose cases were scrutinised by the review committee of Mumbai police. "All the 20 suspended policemen were reinstated on Saturday," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity. The officer added that these policemen were reinstated after due legal consultation.
Nayak was suspended in January 2006 in connection with a disproportionate assets case registered by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). He also spent some time in jail after being arrested in the case. The ACB had then stated that Nayak's investments included an expensive flat at Charkop, Kandivli and a defunct financial company.
In addition, the ACB had also alleged that Nayak had himself funded a school in his hometown in Karnataka in memory of his mother. The school was inaugurated by actor Amitabh Bachchan. The ACB had alleged that the cost of Rs1 crore incurred in the construction of the school building were proceeds of corruption. The ACB further alleged that Nayak and his wife Komal ran a few companies to launder the money.
Nayak, however, got a shot in the arm in October 2009, after the then director general of police SS Virk refused permission to prosecute Nayak stating that there were not enough grounds to do so.
In July 2010, the Supreme Court quashed the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and certain other cases against Nayak, filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar. This paved the way further for his reinstatement.
Who is Daya Nayak?
Daya Nayak, a sub-inspector from the 1995 batch, was part of a group of encounter specialists that had several kills to its name. Nayak, who has participated in 83 encounters, rose to fame rapidly by killing Vinod Matkar, Rafiq Dabba, Sadik Kalia and three alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.