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NIA detains ‘mystery woman’ spotted at Hotel Trident with Tainted cop Vaze

‘mystery woman’ white-washed Vaze’s black money using two IDs: NIA

Nearly after a hunt of 10 days the National Investigation Agency (NIA) caught hold of ‘mystery’ woman who was spotted with controversial arrested cop Sachin Vaze in a hotel. In a big development in the case, NIA took the mystery’ woman into custody in the Mansukh Hiren murder death case and the Antilia bomb scare case.  On Thursday evening, the NIA accosted her at the Mumbai Airport and detained her.

Mystery woman – Meena George who was absconding for the past few days, is now under NIA custody. She was interrogated by a separate team after being brought to the NIA office. She was spotted along with Vaze with a cash counting machine in CCTV footage.

Meena George was the one who kept track of Vaze’s accounts. As per NIA she was the one who was engaged in converting black money to white money. She whitewashed his black money using 2 IDs. The woman also had a cash-counting machine, which was seized from Vaze’s Mercedes car in March 2021. Meena George entered hotel Trident after Vaze and stayed there for 2 days.

It is said that she lived in a rented apartment on Mira Road. NIA interrogated the owner of the apartment. The flat is said to be locked for 2 weeks. Raids were also carried out at the premises to gather evidence. Following this NIA also conducted raids and searches at a hotel near Babulnath temple. Customers and staff members of the hotel were asked to vacate the premises. After enquiring a few people at the club and hotel, NIA left in 3 hours. NIA seized documents related to eight SIM cards that were used by tainted cop Vaze in murder of Thane based businessman Mansukh Hiren.

According to reports, the hotel raided by NIA had an employee named Naresh Gaur. It is said that Naresh Gaur worked on Vaze’s instructions. According to reports, on instructions of Vaze Naresh Gaur brought SIM cards from Gujarat and passed it on to constable Vinayak Shinde. It is to be noted that one of these SIM cards was used to call deceased Manuskh Hiren on 4th March.

Reportedly on 28th March (Sunday), Vaze was to the Mithi river bridge in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla complex area, for crime scene recreation. With help of 11 divers, the NIA recovered a laptop, a printer, two hard disks, two vehicle number plates, two digital video recorders (DVRs) and two CPUs from the Mithi riverbed. The number plates recovered have been reported stolen in Aurangabad and blacklisted since November 2020.

Sachin Vaze was spotted with a mystery woman during his stay at Mumbai’s luxury 5-star hotel Trident from 16th February to 20th February. The tainted cop Vaze went to hotel Trident on 16th February at 7:30 pm in an Innova. Vaze used a fake Aadhar card to check-in the hotel. The picture on Aadhar card is from his younger days. His actual birthdate is February 22, 1972 while in Aadhar card it is mentioned as June 15, 1972. Vaze stayed in a hotel using a fake ID with the name “Sushant Sadashiv”. Several meetings were held during his stay at hotel Trident to shape to Antilia bomb scare conspiracy. He left the hotel on 20th February in a Land Cruiser.

His stay at a 5-star hotel was funded by a businessman who runs a tour and travel company. The businessman paid Vaze a sum of 13 lakh after he contacted Vaze about a pending case at Kanjurmarg Police Station. It is said that businessmen offered Vaze three options for stay – Taj in Colaba, Trident and Oberoi at Nariman Point. Out of these, the tainted cop opted for Trident which charged Rs 10,000 per-night. During check-in, Vaze was carrying five bags, out of which two blue bags contained a jelly-like substance, suspected to be gelatin. The other bags were full of currency, which is proved by X-ray images.

On 25th February, a Scorpio car with 20 explosive gelatin sticks was found outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence “Antilia”. Sachin Vaze reached the spot with cops and Mumbai’s Crime Intelligence Unit. Investigations revealed that an Innova (white colour) and a Scorpio (green colour) were used to plant bombs outside Antilia. Police also recovered a letter threatening Ambanis that this was just a ‘trailer’. Following day, it was revealed that the bomb-laden car belonged to Hiren and he was called for interrogation by ATS. On 5th March, the case took a new turn when Hiren was found dead and police claimed he committed suicide by jumping into Kalwa creek, ignoring several handkerchiefs stuffed in his mouth, which pointed clearly towards a murder. Hiren’s wife Vimla alleged Vaze killed her husband and pointed towards the letter written by Hiren on 2nd March. On 13th March, after interrogating Vaze for around 12 hours, NIA arrested him under Sections 286, 465, 473, 506(2), 120 B of the IPC, and 4(a)(b)(I) Explosive Substances Act 1908 for his alleged role and involvement in the Antilia Bomb scare case. Several cars used by Vaze were recovered.

The special court today extended the custody of Vaze till 7th April after the investigating agency told the court that it had recovered “incriminating material” including laptops, DVRs (Digital Video Recorders), a CPU etc, in a damaged condition, during the probe and they need to be examined.

Krushna Patel

Intern, Goa
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