‘Huge amount paid’: Rs 26.5 lakh withdrawn from Waze’s a/c after arrest, NIA tells court | India News – Times of India
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‘Huge amount paid’: Rs 26.5 lakh withdrawn from Waze’s a/c after arrest, NIA tells court | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A special court in Mumbai on Saturday extended the NIA custody of Sachin Waze till April 7 after the investigating agency said it has recovered “incriminating material” against the suspended police officer.
Last month, the NIA had recovered evidence including laptops, DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) and a CPU in damaged condition from the Mithi river in Mumbai’s Bandra.
The NIA told the court that it needs to examine the evidence recovered during its probe and would require further custody of Waze.
Waze was arrested for his role in allegedly planting an explosives-laden SUV near the south Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
He is also the key accused in the alleged murder of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was the owner of the SUV and was found dead in a creek a few days after the security scare incident.
During the hearing, the NIA said certain “incriminating material” was also taken out by someone from the joint locker of Waze and his aide, who is also a suspect in the case, from a bank located in Versova area in Mumbai.
It did not specify whether it was Waze who took the material.
The NIA told the court that Waze was seen moving near the “scene of the crime” on March 4, a day before Hiran’s body was found.
The NIA told the court that a Mercedes car was seized on April 2.
The agency had also recovered a diary from a club in south Mumbai mentioning that a “huge amount” had been paid to Waze.
The agency told the court it had found the passport of an unknown person at Waze’s house and needs his further custody to identify that person.
Additional solicitor general Anil Singh told the court Waze held a joint bank account and a joint locker with his accomplice.
The bank account had Rs 26.50 lakh on the day of Waze’s arrest on March 13.
However, the cash was found to be withdrawn on March 18, Singh told the court, adding that some “incriminating material” was also found to be taken out from the bank locker.
Seeking Waze’s custody for another six days, Singh said the NIA needs to trace the incriminating material that went missing from the bank locker and also wants to find out who was using the Mercedes car seized on April 2 and under whose instructions.
Some incriminating material was also seized during the search conducted at the house of former policeman and co-accused Vinayak Shinde, Singh said, adding the NIA will confront Waze with the recovered evidence.
The NIA also needs to examine the CCTV footage data it had seized during the investigation and needs to confront Waze and other accused with it.
Opposing the NIA’s plea, Waze’s lawyer Abad Ponda said the NIA can seek remand of the accused under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention (UAPA) Act after the lapse of 15 days.
However, the NIA has not mentioned a single ground seeking the extension of Waze’s custody under the UAPA in its remand application, he said.
Ponda rejected the NIA’s contention that Waze held a joint account in the bank in Versova.
He demanded that the NIA show the bank account opening form with the name and signature of the accused, which the agency rejected.
Referring to the recovery of electronic devices from the Mithi river in Mumbai by the NIA, Ponda said as it is a huge river and anyone can dump anything into it.
He said the NIA had planted these devices into the river, which it later showed as being recovered during the investigation.
He said Waze had nothing to do with these materials recovered by the NIA.
(With inputs from PTI)

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