Mumbai: A special court in Mumbai on Wednesday accepted police officer Sachin Waze’s plea to become an official witness in a corruption case involving former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. In an application filed before a special CBI court, Waje claimed that he had cooperated with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before and after his arrest, after which he appeared before a magistrate under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). His confessional statement was recorded. In its reply, the CBI had given its assent to Waze’s petition subject to certain conditions.
Special Judge DP Shingde allowed Waze’s plea on Wednesday. The judge said that your application has been approved, but subject to certain conditions. After the court order, Waze can now appear as a prosecution witness in the case.
Waze was arrested in March last year for his role in the murder of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, a vehicle laden with explosives, near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence in south Mumbai. Waze is currently in judicial custody. In March last year, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had alleged that the then Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had given a target to police officials to collect Rs 100 crore per month from restaurants and bars in the metropolis. The CBI had registered an FIR against Deshmukh, Waze and others last April following an order of the Bombay High Court. NCP leader Deshmukh had resigned from the state cabinet following the High Court order.