In the latest development in the ongoing probe in the Mukesh Ambani threat case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has seized a black Mercedes-Benz car that was allegedly used by arrested cop Sachin Vaze.
It has also recovered a note counting machine, Rs 5 lakh in cash, some clothes and the number plate of the luxury SUV from the car.
NIA is also probing whether the luxury SUV was used by Sachin Vaze to meet Mansukh Hiran on February 17 when the latter’s Scorpio had allegedly gone missing.
Senior NIA officer Anil Shukla told the media, “NIA today seized a black Mercedes-Benz car. We have recovered the number plate that was on the Scorpio car, over Rs 5 Lakh in cash, a note-counting machine and some clothes…Sachin Waze used to drive this car… the ownership of the car is under investigation.”
Meanwhile, the NIA has recorded statements of seven policemen at CIU in connection with the confiscation of the CCTV footage from the apartment complex where Vaze lives and an automobile shop in Thane.
Car with gelatin sticks found outside Ambani’s house
On February 25, the Scorpio was found outside the Ambani residence with gelatin sticks and a threat letter inside. On March 5, Hiran’s body was found at Thane creek. Vaze, arrested in the case on March 13 for his alleged role in the crime, was attached to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the city police’s crime branch till recently.
An NIA team has also conducted searches at Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) office on the fourth floor of the new police building and seized a cellphone and iPad belonging to Vaze in addition to some documents.
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