Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale in an order issued on Tuesday dismissed suspended police officer API Sachin Vaze from police services. Vaze is in judicial custody for his role in Antilla bomb scare case.
API Vaze was arrested by NIA in March this year.
As per the Mumbai Police's order, Sachin Vaze had attempted to destroy evidence that could incriminate him easily by dumping CPUs, DVRs and other articles and that the items had been recovered, Further, it stated that Vaze was allegedly involved in the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiren and that a probe was underway to find out if the latter had destroyed evidence and had been killed to stall the investigation in the Antilia bomb scare probe.
The order stated that Sachin Vaze had stayed at the Oberoi hotel for over 100 days using a fake ID and that he had in his possession 62 rounds of live ammunition believed to be procured from unknown persons and criminals
The order further stated that Sachin Vaze allegedly abused his position to jeopardize the law and order situation in the state. Further, Vaze is alleged to have killed Mansukh Hiren when investigation agencies began a probe into his alleged crime and destroyed evidence to mislead the agencies.
The report claimed that Sachin Vaze had lost 25 rounds of live ammunition of his service pistol which he could have perhaps used without informing the police department. The order accused Sachin Vaze of being involved in the commission of offences of impersonation, forgery, the disappearance of evidence and possession of unauthorised ammunition along with placing the explosive-laden vehicle. It also stated that Rs 5,73,500 had been recovered from a vehicle used by Sachin Vaze and that various companies had been floated by the suspended API having crores of rupees in their bank accounts.
Along with his aide and suspended API Riyaz Kazi, Sachin Vaze is being probed in connection with the Mansukh Hiren death case as well. The NIA also secured the custody of Mumbai Police's Crime Branch Inspector Sunil Mane. He was confronted with the alleged confessions made by Kazi and Vaze in their statements to the central agency.
As per sources, Mane was present at a meeting between the suspended APIs and was reportedly involved in passing on SIM cards procured from Vaze to other officials who were involved in the case. Sources added that he allegedly pressurised businessman Mansukh Hiren to take the blame for the Antilia bomb scare.
The NIA was also reportedly probing the 'fake encounter' angle in the Antilia bomb scare case which was alleged to have been initially planned in the Maruti Eeco vehicle, which was stolen from Maharashtra's Aurangabad city.
The Mumbai CP also mentioned that considering the above mentioned facts, it was not required to carry out departmental inquiry on him.