25 police officers booked for links with Naxalite-turned-gangster Nayeem, Government informs Court
By Express News Service | Published: 10th November 2017 02:48 AM |
HYDERABAD: The Telangana government told High Court on Thursday that it had registered cases against 25 police men who were allegedly associated with Naxalite-turned-gangster Nayeemuddin. While denying the allegation that there was delay in probe by SIT, it said the police had so far registered 237 cases against Nayeem and his associates. No one would be spared, it asserted.
In this regard, the government, represented by principal secretary (home) Rajiv Trivedi, filed a counter affidavit on a PIL filed by CPI leader K Narayana seeking a CBI probe into the criminal activities and terror unleashed by Nayeem, former Naxalite-turned-police informer-turned gangster, and his gang members. SIT had not made any breakthrough in the case and the reason cited was that many top senior IAS, IPS and politicians were in league with the gangster which helped him build a vast empire. The public had no inkling of what was happening in the case for a considerable period of time, he pointed out, Narayana said.
On an earlier occasion, the court, while declining the plea for a court-monitored probe, directed the government to file a counter affidavit covering all aspects particularly the status of the investigation by SIT.The government, in its counter, said it identified 25 police officials, who included two additional SPs, seven DSPs, 13 inspectors, two head constables and one constable, who had links with Nayeem who was killed in an encounter last year.
Already, departmental punishments, including suspension, were imposed on them. Of the 237 cases, 194 fall under the purview of Rachakonda commissionerate alone. Besides, eight politicians were found having links with the gangster and cases were registered against them at Narsingi police station. Some of them were arrested, the principal secretary said.
It may be mentioned here that the government, in its earlier counter affidavit stated that allegations of Nayeem’s links with policemen and politicians was not true and SIT was investigating the gangster’s alleged offences. As such, there was no need to entrust investigation to CBI since no national or international ramifications were involved in it.