//Nayak gets seven days to surrender

Nayak gets seven days to surrender

MUMBAI, Feb. 8. — Bombay High Court (coram: Kanade J) today dismissed the interim bail plea of discredited sub-inspector Mr Daya Nayak of Mumbai Police who faces charges of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income that emerged following a Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau probe into earnings.
The HC, however, granted the officer’s plea for some time to surrender to the ACB which prayed for his custody. The judge granted the hitman, who killed 83 gangsters in encounters during his decade-long career, seven days to surrender. Mr Nayak was beaming as he emerged from the HC. Last week, sessions judge Mrs SP Mahajan had refused to grant him any such relief and even prevented him from challenging her order in the HC. Mr Nayak’s lawyers had to move the HC with a fresh bail plea. Justice Kanade granted his wife, Komal, a bail at a sum of Rs 25,000. The sub-inspector’s accomplice, Mr Rajendra Padte’s application for a bail was rejected. Mrs Nayak and Mr Padte are charged with helping Mr Nayak launder his ill-gotten wealth.
The court ordered that in the event of Mr Nayak’s arrest, he be kept in a separate facility since the suspended policeman perceived threat to his life from the underworld. His lawyer, Mr S Gupte had furnished the transcript of threats received by Mr Nayak on the telephone to substantiate his contention. The judge, while dictating the order, also spoke of Mr Nayak’s outstanding record in the police force as a member of elite Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai police as well as his early days of hardship when he had to work in a hotel when he was a school student.
Mr Justice Kanade who said he was rejecting Mr Nayak’s plea in view of prosecution’s claim that some huge transactions attributed to Mrs Nayak must be probed and for that, custodial interrogation of Nayak was necessary.