Former director general of police (DGP) and BJP leader Dinesh Reddy today refuted news reports that a DGP had links with the slain Maoist-turned gangster Nayeemuddin alias Nayeem. “Killing of Nayeem in an encounter was very good for the society for which I salute to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for giving a green signal for physical elimination of Nayeem”.
Reacting to news reports that Nayeem had links with a former DGP, Dinesh Reddy told mediapersons that he has respect for fourth estate and it was not proper to air such false news for increasing their TRP rating. He said he wanted to clarify himself since he was one among the former DGPs in the State. Dinesh Reddy said he sought an appointment with the Chief Minister so that he could pass on some sensitive information relating to Nayeemuddin’s case to KCR. He said he never had any contact with Nayeem during his tenure as DGP. Anybody can file a defamation case against the TV channel, which telecast false news asking to reveal the name of that DGP, who had links with the gangster. He also said, “This TV channel had leveled allegations against me before becoming DGP. But later apologized”, he pointed out.
Dinesh Reddy asserted that no DGP-level police officer deals with informers. If necessary, DIG-level officers might utilize services of the informers. Invariably, surrendered Naxalites are used by police officers to extract information about the extremist activities, which is not improper. But the surrendered Naxalites using the names of police officials for making money and earning properties illegally is highly condemnable, he said.
“SIT is probing the case in all angles and facts would come out only after completion of investigation”, he said and suggested that media hand over any evidence if they have to the investigating team. He also demanded that police officials, political leaders or others, whatever they may be must be brought to book and punish with iron hand. But if the innocent persons are brought into the case will not be tolerated, he warned. He also reminded there was a slanderous campaign against him that he owned 1,500 acres land in Shamshabad. Later, it was found to be a fake claim, he pointed out.
On the infamous Sohrabuddin encounter case, Dinesh Reddy said no investigating authority has ever come for Nayeem. However, they did come for one Kaleemuddin. He also scoffed at the misinformation that he was staying close to Greyhounds’ chief Vyas at the time of the fatal attack on the latter. “I was 400 meters away from Vyas at the time of fatal shooting,” he said. The former DGP also said he would demand NIA investigation into the case if there are any lacunae in the SIT investigation. Generally such sensational cases should be handled by national investigating agencies, he added. (NSS)