Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that controversial Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze who is currently suspended from service and is in its custody was seen in the CCTV footage from outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence on February 25 where a gelatin sticks-laden SUV was found.
In the latest CCTV video dating February 25 accessed by Republic, a man – claimed to be Sachin Vaze by NIA – is seen attempting to hide his identity by covering his head with a big handkerchief. Further, NIA informed that Sachin Vaze had worn excessive-sized clothes (kurta-pyjamas) to conceal his identity while also trying to hide his body language. Earlier, a grab from the CCTV footage dated February 25 showed a man leaving the explosive-laden SUV wearing what looked like a PPE kit – it was actually kurta-pyjamas, the agency said. The update comes even as top Maharashtra ministers are meeting at the Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai.
On Tuesday, NIA had seized a black Mercedez car from which cash amounting of Rs 5 lakhs, some clothes, and a cash counting machine has been recovered. Moreover, the NIA revealed that it has recovered the same number plate that was used on the suspicious Scorpio car outside Antilia from the Mercedez which was parked at the Mumbai Police HQ. On Monday night, the investigation body seized a laptop, mobile phones, his iPad, and some documents from the suspended Mumbai Police API’s office, sources said. However, as per the NIA’s statement on Wednesday, the laptop’s data had been deleted and Vaze has claimed to have dropped his real phone somewhere.