Mumbai: Bowing to the pressure over serious allegations, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed the state’s Legislative Council on Wednesday that controversial Mumbai Police cop Sachin Vaze has been transferred out of the Crime Branch following allegations leveled against him in relation with the Antilia bomb scare case.
Maharashtra’s Leader of opposition and former CM Devendra Fadnavis had demanded Sachin Vaze’s arrest and had produced CD-R call records amid the political storm over businessman Mansukh Hiren’s alleged murder. Hiren was the owner of the Scorpio car that was found laden with explosives outside Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia.
BJP had protested in the Vidhan Sabha demanding for the Maharashtra government to suspend Sachin Vaze and arrest him. As per sources, Sachin Vaze is set to hold a press conference at 2 pm on Wednesday, after being shunted out. He was serving in the Mumbai Police Crime Branch as an API.
“A case has been registered in the Mansukh Hiren death case by Maharashtra ATS, and ATS professionally investigating the entire matter. Opposition leaders of Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad, we have requested them, if they have any proof then hand over to Maharashtra ATS. Strict action will be initiated against the culprit. No one will be spared. With the demand of suspension and arrest of Sachin Vaze by the opposition leaders, we have transferred Sachin Vaze from his current office,” Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed.
On February 25, at around 3 PM, the Mumbai Police received information of a suspicious car parked outside the residence of Mukesh Ambani. The Police’s team reached the spot immediately with the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS). The car (a green Scorpio) was spotted by security personnel outside his residence. Loaded with explosive gelatin sticks, the car was towed away by the bomb disposal squad. A primary investigation from the CCTV revealed that the car had been parked near the residence since 1 AM on the previous night.
On March 5, Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the car in question, was found dead at the Kalwa creek. Police initially claimed that he committed suicide by jumping into the stream. However, Hiren’s wife Vimla alleged that her husband had left the house on the night of March 4 to meet an officer from the Kandivali crime branch, and did not return home. Vimla Hiren said her husband could have never thought about taking his own life and called for a thorough investigation into the matter.