ACB failed to file charge sheet within deadline
Probe will not suffer: police Nayak will cooperate in investigation: defence
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has granted bail to the suspended encounter specialist, Daya Nayak, on a Rs. 25,000 personal bond. For, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) failed to file the charge sheet within the 60-day deadline, which expired on Thursday.
The ACB alleged that Nayak had accumulated wealth, disproportionate to the known sources of his income, with the help of his wife Komal Nayak, Rajendra Padte and P. Manivelan. The other three were already granted bail.
Mr. Nayak surrendered on February 20, 2006 after all his anticipatory bail applications had been rejected. Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikas Gaikwad of the ACB said: "His bail will not affect our investigation. We will submit the charge sheet as soon as possible. We could not file it as investigation is still going on."
The prosecution opposed the bail plea, saying Mr. Nayak was likely to tamper with evidence. Asked about that possibility, Mr. Gaikwad said: "We are helpless now. But I don't think he will do something like that."
Defence lawyers said Mr. Nayak would cooperate in the investigation. The complainant, Ketan Tirodkar, alleged that Mr. Nayak had underworld connections. During an ACB raid on January 20, assets worth Rs. 41.75 lakh were seized from his house.
Mr. Nayak shot to fame after he eliminated gangsters in around 50 encounters.