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Mumbai Police to dismiss Sachin Vaze from service without ‘dept probe’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: The Mumbai police department is in the process of dismissing former assistant police inspector and main suspect of Ambani security scare case, Sachin Vaze from service following a report submitted by the NIA on his involvement in the planting of explosive-laden Scorpio near industrialist’s residence and the subsequent murder of the vehicle owner, Mansukh Hiran.

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In order to do so, the city police will invoke provisions of Article 311 (2) of the Constitution, which deals with dismissal, removal or reduction in rank of those employed in civil capacities under the Union or a state.

Under the article, the competent authority has power to dismiss an erring officer in the larger interest. If the authority is satisfied the official can be dismissed, they have the power to take action without conducting a departmental probe.

“In the normal course the competent authority has to hold a departmental inquiry and get charges proved before dismissing an officer. But in some cases, this condition can be waived if it is likely that witnesses to be examined against such an officer are afraid of him or there is threat to life to give a statement because of the position held by him. So the officer can be dismissed,” said advocate Arvind Bandiwadekar who practices at MAT.

“We have received the report from NIA on Vaze’s role and invoking of UAPA. Waze was involved in anti-national activities (planting explosives), which is enough material to proceed for dismissal. We have started the process and are taking legal opinion,” said an IPS officer. Vaze’s past including his involvement in the custodial death of 2002 blast accused Khwaja Yunus and suspension for 17 years will also be taken into account, an official said.

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As per recent developments, the police have already established that Vaze had parked the Scorpio car for nearly a week before planting explosive-gelatine sticks in it and parking it outside Ambani’s house on February 25.

On March 4, Hiran’s body was found in a creek near Mumbra, a week after the explosive laden SUV was found parked near Ambani’s house. The ATS is planning to send the report to the FSL in Madhuban, Haryana, for a second opinion.

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