Controversial police sub-inspector Daya Nayak, who has to his name 83 encounter killings, was once again suspended after he failed to report to Nagpur where he had been transferred nearly a year ago. The suspension order came from Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal on Thursday. When Nayak was transferred last year, he had written to the DGP and the state government expressing his inability to go to Nagpur.
He reason Nayak cited was that he feared for his own as well as his family’s life, said police sources.
The 1995-batch officer had been suspended once before in January 2006 after a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court ordered the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to conduct an inquiry into Nayak’s unaccounted wealth.
Allegations against Nayak’s disproportionate assets had started as early as January 2002 when he inaugurated his Radhabhai Nayak School in Yennehole village at Karkala in Karnataka, which was attended by Karnataka education minister H Vishwanath, painter MF Hussain as well as actors Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Shetty and Aftab Shivdasani. A departmental inquiry, however, had cleared Nayak of all allegations.
In 2006, the ACB inquiry led to Nayak’s arrest after a court rejected his anticipatory bail. But in October 2009, then DGP SS Virk denied permission to prosecute Nayak citing insufficient grounds.
In 2012, after being out of the force for nearly six-and-a-half years, Nayak was reinstated and posted as the additional commissioner of police (West) control room. Since then, Nayak had maintained a low profile.