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Mumbai Police suspends Sachin Vaze, 10-months after reinstating 16-years suspended officer

Mumbai: Mumbai police officer Sachin Vaze, who is currently in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the explosives found in a car outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia, has on Monday been suspended from service by the Mumbai city’s police force.

In light of the grave allegations against the cop levelled by former CM Devendra Fadnavis and amid the ongoing probe also into the alleged murder of the car’s owner Mansukh Hiren, Assistant Police Inspector (API) Vaze has been placed under suspension, on the order of Additional Commissioner of Police, Special Branch, said Mumbai Police PRO, S Chaitanya.

Sachin Vaze was one of the original group of Mumbai’s ‘encounter specialists’ alongside Pradeep Sharma and Daya Naik. He returned to the force on June 6, 2020 after a 16-year suspension.

On June 5, 2020 : Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh calls for a meeting at 10PM. It has been decided to convene a Late-Night Committee to review suspension of Mumbai Police Officers. The Committee is convened at 11PM. Reportedly in 10 mins a decision has been taken to reinstate suspended police officer Sachin Vaze.

On June 6, 2020: The Gazette Notification for the reinstatement of police officers including a Sachin Vaze is sent to print at 2AM. At around 3AM, the Gazette Notification is printed and by 4AM concerned officers have the Gazette Notification with the reinstatement of the suspended police officer Sachin Vaze.

On June 6, 2020: At 4AM, Sachin Vaze is officially reinstated into the Mumbai Police.

On June 6, 2020: Reinstated police officer Sachin Vaze reports to the Mumbai Police Arms Division at 9AM. Post reporting to the Arms Division, he is on route to report to the DCP, when he is asked to report to the Mumbai Commissioner of Police Office at 10AM.

On June 6, 2020: Sachin Vaze reports to the Mumbai Commissioner of Police Office at 10AM. Reportedly, Mumbai Commissioner of Police issues an Internal Order deputing Sachin Vaze to Mumbai Crime Branch.

His reinstatement was explained as a COVID-19 measure to tide over staff shortfall in Mumbai Police.

Vaze was moved to the Mumbai Crime Branch and made in charge of the Crime Investigations Unit (CIU). He began probing cases such as the Television Ratings Point (TRP) scam. He led a team to arrest Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in the Anvay Naik suicide case. He was also investigating the Dilip Chhabria case and Hrithik Roshan fake e-mail case.

Sachin Vaze has been sent to NIA custody till March 25 by a Mumbai court. A court in Thane had on Saturday dismissed ‘encounter specialist’ Sachin Vaze’s interim bail plea in the Mansukh Hiren death case.In its order dismissing Sachin Vaze’s interim bail plea, the Thane court had said that his
“custodial interrogation is necessary”.

The Innova car seen in the CCTV footage tailing the SUV with the explosives was brought to NIA office. It belongs to Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Four members of Crime Intelligence Unit (2 drivers and 2 officers) were also called by NIA. The officers were a part of the team that was being headed by arrested Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze. Riyaz Kazi a part of the team has also now been arrested by NIA.

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