//Provide security to scribe: court

Provide security to scribe: court

MUMBAI — The Maharashtra government was yesterday instructed by the Bombay High Court to provide protection to Ketan Tirodkar, the journalist who filed a complaint against ace cop Daya Nayak, charging him of having links with the underworld.

While Nayak was last week suspended by Mumbai Police, following filing of corruption charges against him, his service revolver has also been taken away, and his protection withdrawn.
Tirodkar, who claimed to have links with the underworld, filed a personal complaint against Nayak, accusing him of being on the payroll of gangsters. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Mumbai police last week conducted raids on his apartment in suburban Mumbai and other places.

Some of his associates were also arrested, and Nayak — who had gone missing — appeared in a court, seeking anticipatory bail. The journalist claimed that the special court under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), which had ordered the probe against Nayak, had provided him security, and the same should be continued.

The high court agreed with his contention, and asked the state government and the police to continue providing him the necessary security.