Sub-inspector Daya Nayak — a known encounter specialist with over 83 reported killings to his credit — is posted at the police control room in Crawford Market, sources said. He was reinstated in the city police on January 11 after a six-month-long suspension.
Nayak was suspended from the force in July 2015, after he refused to accept a transfer to Nagpur the previous year. In a letter to deputy general of police Sanjeev Dayal and the state government, he had cited threats made to him as well as his family to reject the directive.
A senior IPS officer said on the condition of anonymity that Nayak has been reporting to the Crawford Market police control room since January this year. However, he may be given a new posting at the next meeting of the police establishment board, the officer added.
Police said Nayak’s vast network of informers as well as his experience in dealing with the Mumbai underworld would be taken into account while giving him the new posting. However, the final call in this matter would be taken by senior officers in the Mumbai police.
This was not the first suspension Nayak had to face in his career. The 1995-batch officer was taken off the force in January 2006, after a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court ordered the anti-corruption bureau to probe Nayak’s unaccounted assets. Nayak eventually got a clean chit, and was reinstated in 2012 — after cooling his heels for over six years.