The reprieve that suspended encounter specialist Daya Nayak got from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the disproportionate assets case was short-lived as the special ACB court, on Monday, rejected the report filed by the ACB. The report had stated that there was no evidence against Nayak to file a chargesheet in the case.
The ACB had claimed that Nayak owned an 800 sq ft flat in Charkop, a jeep, a finance company, and he had also invested Rs1 crore in the construction of a school in his native village at Mangalore, apart from laundering money through bogus companies. Nayak, who is credited with over 80 encounters, was suspended in 2006 following the ACB probe. He was arrested along with his wife Komal on February 20, 2006, and was in police custody and later in judicial custody for 59 days. He was granted bail on April 20, 2006.
Interestingly, just a day before his retirement former Director General of Police S.S. Virk had refused to give sanction to the ACB for prosecuting Nayak in the disproportionate assets case. The DG, in his order, had said that the grounds for prosecuting Nayak in the case were insufficient. He had, however, made it clear that a departmental inquiry can be initiated against Nayak as per the findings of the ACB probe.
The ACB had also arrested two of Nayak's friends - Palli Manivellan and Rajendra Padate -on allegations that the duo was investing Nayak's money.
The state Human Rights Commission had passed strictures against the ACB in 2008 for the wrongful arrest of Manivellan and imposed a fine of Rs25,000 on the investigating agency.