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Sachin Waze Case: NIA Finds Documents Indicating ‘Monthly Bribes For Government Officials’ | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into the security incident near the home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani and the death of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran has led to the recovery of suspicious documents that have added a new layer of mystery to the case. .
NIA officials said the documents mention payments, suspected of being “bribery money,” to certain government officials as well as people from the Mumbai police department, PTI reported.
The NIA is examining documents unearthed during a raid Thursday on a club in Girgaum in South Mumbai to further investigate the role of now-suspended police officer Sachin Waze, authorities said.
Waze is currently in NIA custody for its alleged role in placing an explosives-laden van near Ambani’s residence in South Mumbai, as well as Hiran’s death.
The NIA said one of the recovered documents shows the name of the office and staff by designation with a number listed next to their names.
The agency added that the same has been tabulated month by month, and officials now suspect the amount could be bribery money paid each month.
Officials said that, if necessary, the documents would be shared with Income Tax or IWC authorities for further investigation, as the NIA is mandated to investigate only counterterrorism cases.
They said the club was frequented by Waze, who had even arranged for his assistants Naresh Gor and co-defendant Vinayak Shinde to work there. Both are currently in the custody of the NIA.
On Thursday, the NIA also recovered documents related to SIM cards acquired through Gor for his personal use. Gor is alleged to have acquired the Ahmedabad SIM cards in Gujarat and these were delivered to Waze through Shinde, officials said.
Waze used one of these SIM cards to call Hiran, which turned out to be the last call before the businessman was killed.
Hiran’s body, who was in possession of the van used in the security incident, was found in a stream in the town of Mumbra, in the neighboring Thane district, on March 5.
Waze is allegedly behind Hiran’s murder after reports began to surface that the case could be turned over to the central agency for investigation.
Initial investigations suggested that Hiran was called to a place where he was knocked unconscious with the help of some drugs before he suffocated to death.
His vehicle was found outside Ambani’s home in Mumbai on February 25 with jelly sticks and a threatening note.
On Saturday, a special NIA court in Mumbai extended Waze’s custody until April 7.
During the process, the NIA told the court that Waze had a joint account and locker with an accomplice at the Development Credit Bank (DCB), Versova.
He claimed that Rs 26.5 lakh was in the account on March 8.
However, the incriminating material and cash were removed from the locker on March 18, five days after Waze’s arrest on March 13, said Additional Attorney General Anil Singh, representing the agency.
Among other court filings, Singh said a diary was made available to the NIA in April by a South Mumbai club, which has a quoted amount in it.
“He (Waze) received a large amount and this was noted in the diary. Why would the owner of a club or the person who runs the club give such a large amount?” Singh commented.
NIA said through Waze’s disclosure statement, that they had recovered various incriminating materials, such as a laptop, DVR, CPU, printer and license plates from the Mithi River.
He said the items were in a “destructive state” and he needed to determine their content, the purpose they served and why they were destroyed.
(With PTI inputs)

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