New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court on Sunday sent prime suspect Sachin Vaze’s aide and former assistant police inspector, Riyaz Kazi, to custody till April 16 in connection with the explosive-laden SUV found near business mogul Mukesh Ambani’s residence. Suspect Kazi was summoned for interrogation again by NIA on Sunday and later placed under arrest, officials said.
As per reports, Riyaz Kazi reportedly faces charges of destroying evidence. He was an assistant police inspector (API) in the Mumbai Crime Branch before being sacked from the post last month.
Sachin Vaze is being investigated in connection with the death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was fund dead in a creek on March 5. Hiran’s Scorpio was allegedly used by Vaze to plant explosives outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia on February 25.
The NIA took over both the cases last month from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) last month, following orders from the Union home ministry.
Meanwhile, the central probing agency had arrested Vaze on March 13 after taking over the investigation into the explosive-laden vehicle. On Friday Vaze was produced before a special NIA court that sent him to judicial custody till April 23, 2021.
The agency has recorded the statement of Kazi and several others. The agency also recorded the statement of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in connection with the case.
So far, NIA has recovered several high-end cars being used by Vaze.