Complainant in Daya Nayak case moves another application

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Mumbai, Sep 20 (UNI) A city-based scrap dealer Tariq Khan, who has lodged a complaint against encounter specialist Daya Nayak, today moved a fresh application in a local court, praying to make other police officers including dismissed encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma party in an alleged plot to kill him in a fake encounter if he failed to pay a sum of Rs five lakh to them.

Advocate S K Menon, representing Mr Nayak, said the complainant today made a fresh application under section 319 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before the suburban Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

The Magistrate has asked Mr Khan's advocate to argue on the application on September 30. Thereafter, court will pass an order whether they (the police officials) can be made the party or not.

Earlier, Mr Khan, who owns a scrap business at Kalina in North West Mumbai, had told the court that Nayak and other police officers had threatened to kill him in an encounter if he failed to pay a sum of Rs five lakh to them.

He had told the court that on March 19, 1997, while he was on his way back from work, a Maruti van and a Maruti car had intercepted him near Bharatnagar Bridge at Kurla. From these vehicles, Daya Nayak, Pradeep Sharma and five others got out and picked him up before taking him to the police station in Juhu, a western suburb.

Mr Khan had also stated that his brother had filed a missing complaint on March 19. He also told the court that after he agreed to pay Rs two lakh, he was let off the next day. He had handed over Rs two lakh to one Raju Sharma, who handed the money to the policemen.

But about 15 days later, Nayak had allegedly telephoned Mr Khan and demanded more money. He then recorded the conversation with Nayak and approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which directed the then city police commissioner to enquire the case.

On July 24, 1998, the police commissioner wrote to State CID, which later filed a case of extortion and abduction with the Kherwadi police station.

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