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Mumbai top cop Sachin Vaze sent in NIA custody till Mar 25 over Ambani SUV case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: A special court on Sunday turn Mumbai top cop Sachin Waze in National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) custody till March 25 in connection with the case related to the seizure of explosives-laden SUV found parked near Mukesh Ambani’s residence. 

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The investigating agency, which arrested Vaze (49) late Saturday, brought him to the court in south Mumbai after taking him to a local hospital for his medical examination, a police official said. 

Vaze was arrested under – IPC sections 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) 465 (forgery), 473 (making or possessing counterfeit seal, etc with intent to commit forgery), 506(2) (punishment for criminal intimidation, 120 B (criminal conspiracy) andrelevant provisions of the Explosive Substances Act, the official said. 

Meanwhile, the Thane sessions court on Friday had refused to grant interim protection to Vaze in the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, who had reportedly complained about his stolen SUV, involved in the case. 

The ATS has also been roped in to investigate the case. Soon, after taking over the probe from Mumbai police, ATS, filed a case of murder after the body of Hiran was found in a Kalwa creek on March 5. His wife Vimla in her statement to ATS alleged she suspected Vaze for the killing of her husband. 

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“The informant (Vimla) is directly making allegations against the applicant in her FIR. Hence, this court came to the conclusion that the investigation is at the initial stage by the ATS,” the court had said. 

Vaze, a top cop of Mumbai police handling most of the high profile cases, was under a cloud for a custodial death in 2002. The case against him is still being heard, however, he was rehabilitated o force in June 2020, after being suspended for a while.

On February 25, an explosives-filled black SUV (Scorpio) with 2.5 kg of gelatin sticks, an explosive material was found abandoned around 1.4 km from Reliance Ltd. industry owner, Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home, ‘Antilia’, in south Mumbai, after midnight last Wednesday.

A bomb disposal squad had also reportedly found a handwritten letter addressed to the Reliance chairman and Nita Ambani in the SUV apart from explosives materials.

As per CCTV footage, a man in a mask and a hoodie was seen in security footage parking the car, but he was not identified. The clip also showed the Scorpio reaching the spot, along with an Innova, that is also under probe, the in the early hours of Thursday, and the driver of Scorpio then got down and left in the other vehicle. The car had some number plates and a Mumbai police spokesperson said the number plate of the SUV matched that of a vehicle on Mukesh Ambani’s security detail.

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To investigate the matter, National Investigation Agency was roped-in by the authorities. The central probing agency, in its recent developments found that the assistant police inspector of the Mumbai police, Sachin Vaze, was involved in the alleged bomb scare case.

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