In a reprieve for suspended Mumbai police officer Daya Nayak, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the city police on Friday filed a report before the sessions court in Mumbai stating there is no evidence in a disproportionate assets case registered against him four years ago.
ACB had in January 2006 registered a case against Nayak, an encounter specialist, for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to known source of his income. According to the agency, Nayak had acquired 'benami' properties to the tune of Rs 60 lakh in his and his wife's name.
Nayak, who is credited with over 80 encounters, was arrested in February 2006 and was released on bail after two months. He was later suspended from service. In November 2007, ACB sought sanction from the Director General of Police (DGP) to prosecute Nayak in the case.
However, the DGP refused to grant sanction after observing that there is no evidence against the encounter specialist. Following this, ACB today filed a report today stating there is no evidence to prove the case against Nayak.
Nayak had also faced charges under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) after a former journalist filed a petition alleging that underworld gangster Chhota Shakeel had given Nayak money to transfer police officials.
However, the Supreme Court had granted him reprieve in the case after observing that his links with the underworld could not be established.