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Less than a year after reinstatement, Waze dismissed from service

Sachin Waze, a 1990-batch officer, was suspended soon after National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested him on March 13 in connection with the Ambani terror scare and Manuskh Hiran murder case.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai |
Updated: May 11, 2021 10:45:18 pm
Sachin Waze. (File)

Less than a year after his reinstatement in June 2020, assistant inspector Sachin Waze was on Tuesday dismissed from service by Mumbai Police Commissioner under Article 311 of the Indian Constitution. In 2004, Waze was suspended from the force in connection with his alleged role in the Khwaja Yunus murder case before he was reinstated last year.

Nagrale remained tight-lipped on whether two more suspended serving officers — inspector Sunil Mane and assistant inspector Riyaz Kazi — arrested in the same case, would also be terminated.

Waze, a 1990-batch officer, was suspended soon after National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested him on March 13 in connection with the Ambani terror scare and Manuskh Hiran murder case. According to NIA, it was Waze who plated the Scorpio vehicle with gelatin sticks outside the Ambani residence along with others on February 25.

The NIA also stated that he was also involved in the murder of his friend Mansukh Hiran, who was using the Scorpio vehicle found outside the Ambani residence.

Ever since his reinstatement, Waze, who has several “encounters” to his name, enjoyed considerable clout in the police force with him reporting directly to the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Waze was handling several important cases, including the TRP scam and fake social media followers case, before his arrest. The NIA also stated that he was planning to make an encounter out of two persons in the Ambani terror scare case and “recover lost glory”. He is currently lodged at Taloja Central Prison.

In his dismissal order, Nagrale cited Waze’s involvement in the Ambani terror scare case, concealing and destruction of evidence, which would incriminate him, his involvement in the Mansukh Hiran murder case as some of the reasons for his dismissal.

Nagrale further mentioned that Waze had booked a room in Hotel Oberoi for 100 days using a fake identity card, possessed 62 unaccounted for live ammunition and also lost 25 live rounds from the official service pistol without reporting it.

In addition to this, the dismissal order also states that Rs 5.73 lakh was recovered from his vehicle while he had floated various companies and “crores of rupees” were found in their bank accounts with massive financial transactions.

Nagrale wrote in the order, “Whereas I am the competent authority under… Maharashtra Police Act, 1951, and of the rank of DGP having jurisdiction to invoke Article 311 (2) (a) of the Constitution of India… for the reasons recorded above, I am satisfied that the holding of a regular enquiry against API Sachin Hindurao Waze will not be reasonably practicable. Thus, he is dismissed from service, with immediate effect.”

The superintendent of police, NIA, was asked to ensure that a copy of the order was served to Waze.

Apart from the Ambani case, Waze’s name had also appeared in a letter written by Param Bir Singh against former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had set Waze targets of monthly collection from bars and restaurants in the city.

Later, Waze had written a letter alleging that Deshmukh had asked him for Rs 2 crore to ensure that he was not suspended soon after his reinstatement. The mother of Khwaja Yunus had approached the Bombay High Court against his reinstatement, alleging that it was in contempt of an earlier High Court order.

‘Waze, Kazi made extortion demands’

Mumbai: Car designer Dilip Chhabria, who was arrested by Mumbai police in December, alleged that dismissed cop Sachin Waze and suspended cop Riyaz Kazi made extortion demands to the tune of Rs 10-25 crore. The duo are currently behind bars in the Ambani terror scare case.

He also alleged IPS officer Param Bir Singh was involved in the matter.

Chhabria was granted bail by a court a week ago, following which he walked out of prison. (ENS)

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