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Corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh: CBI files plea seeking access to Sachin Waze in Taloja jail

Sachin Waze is currently lodged in Taloja jail in connection with the Ambani terror scare case and Mansukh Hiran murder case.

Sachin Waze was the first person to be arrested in the case on March 13. (PTI)

The CBI on Thursday filed a plea before the special court seeking access to dismissed cop Sachin Waze, lodged in Taloja jail, in connection with its investigation into corruption charges against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh.

The central agency had interrogated Waze as part of its probe in April. Waze’s statement was recorded by CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), when he claimed that he was asked to collect money from bar owners and managers. While the ED, which is investigating money-laundering charges, has made two arrests in the cases, CBI is yet to make an arrest.

Earlier this week, CBI also sought permission to record the statements of four persons, including bar owners, before a magistrate. The special court will decide on the plea on July 2. The CBI’s previous plea in April was allowed with officials of the central agency directed to go to Taloja jail to meet Waze.

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Accused travelled to Nepal: NIA

The NIA told a special court that the two accused in the Mansukh Hiran murder case travelled to Nepal after the alleged crime. Satish Mothkuri is alleged to have smothered Hiran in a red Tavera, which was being driven by co-accused Manish Soni, on March 4. The accused along with two others — Anand Jadhav and Santosh Shelar — allegedly threw Hiran’s body in a creek. It was found the next day.

The NIA also claimed that Rs 35,000 cash had been recovered from the accused so far. Mothkuri and Soni were arrested last month along with retired cop Pradeep Sharma.

While Sharma was sent in judicial custody on Monday, NIA sought further custody of Mothkuri and Soni claiming that they want to find out about the funds arranged for their travel. The NIA was granted their further custody till July 5. So far, 10 people have been arrested in the case. All except two are currently in judicial custody.

First published on: 01-07-2021 at 16:25 IST
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