Hyderabad: A Right to Information (RTI) query directed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case of deceased gangster Mohammed Nayeemuddin (Nayeem) has elicited the reply that departmental action has been taken against 25 police officers in connection with the case.
The response was that departmental action has been initiated against two additional superintendents of police, M. Srinivasa Rao and M. Chandrashekar, seven deputy superintendents of police — Ch Srinivas, M. Srinivasa Rao, T. Sai Manohar, G. Prakash Rao, D. Venkata Narsaiah, J. Amerender Reddy, and Thirupathanna, 14 police inspectors — Masthan, B. Rajgopal, G. Venkataiah, Srinivasa Naidu, B. Kishen, S. Srinivasa Rao, K. Venkat Reddy, Md. Majid, Venkata Surya Prakash, Ravikiran Reddy, Balwanthaiah, Narender Goud, E. Ravinder, and K.R. Dinesh Anand, and two head constables, B. Balaiah and Mohd Sadath Miya.
The SIT informed that the names of these officers have been sent to the Director-General of Police, however, their role in the case cannot be revealed.
The SIT revealed that eight politicians are directly involved 139 cases where investigation has been completed and the charge sheet has been filed.
Nine local politicians, a majority of who moved from the Telugu Desam to the TRS have also been named in the Nayeem case. They are S Sudhakar, ZPTC, Bhongiri, P. Srinivas, ex-councillor, Bhongiri, Abdul Nazar, councillor, Bhongiri town (all moved from TD to TRS), S. Nagaraju, MPP Valigonda of the TRS, T. Venkatesh, MPP, Bhongiri (moved from Congress to TRS), G. Pingala Reddy, ex-sarpanch, Bibi nagar, Bolli Eshwariah of the TRS, president of Veldanda mandal, V. Sanjeeva, ex-TRS MPTC from Veldanda, and TD member R Krishnaiah MLA, LB Nagar, were cited in Nayeem’s case. The SIT is investigating their role in the case.
The SIT recovered diaries from Nayeem’s residence, but refused to disclose the contents in its reply to the RTI under rule 8 (g) of the RTI Act.
Retired IFS officer M Padmanabha Reddy, secretary of the Forum for Good Governance, has written to the Governor about the delay in completing the investigation in the case. He told Deccan Chronicle: “SIT stated that 250 cases were registered in Nayeem's enquiry. The evidence shows involvement of politicians, police officers and land has been grabbed to an extent of 1015 acres. However, so far no action has been initiated against revenue and registration officials. Gangster Nayeem's case is no ordinary case; all those involved should be punished. We request the department to speed up the investigation without leaving any person involved in the case of the slain gangster.”