SUSPENDED Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze and former policeman Vinayak Shinde were present at the meeting where the murder of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren was planned, the NIA told the court on Tuesday and added Waze had used a mobile phone to contact “conspirator.” The agency also said that it was close to unravelling the conspiracy and the motive behind the crime. The special court judge P R Sitre has extended till April 7 the NIA custody of Shinde and another accused Naresh Gor, a cricket bookie, in the murder case.
Hiren, a Thane resident, had been in possession of an SUV which was later found with explosives near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani in south Mumbai on February 25. The body of Hiren was found in the Mumbra creek in Thane on March 5. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested suspended constable Shinde and Gor in this connection earlier this month. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took the duo into its custody last week. They were presented before the special NIA court on the expiry of their remand on Tuesday.
The NIA told the court that its probe revealed that Waze and Shinde were present at the meeting where the murder of Hiren was planned. The agency said it needs to question the accused duo regarding the recovery of seven SIM cards, some mobile phones and a CPU during the probe. These SIM cards and mobile phones were recovered from Shinde, the court was told.