Mumbai, 2nd April 2021: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Thursday evening took into custody the woman, who was seen with Sachin Vaze at a Five Star Hotel in South Mumbai on 16 February.
The NIA searched a hotel and a club in South Mumbai on Thursday in connection with the SUV recovered near Mukesh Ambani’s house and the death of Mansukh Hiran.
Apart from this, the agency also conducted a search operation in a flat in Thane, from where the woman was detained. The woman is said to be a close associate of the main accused, Sachin Vaze, who has been taken into custody.
According to TOI news, the woman detained by the NIA on Thursday evening is the one who was seen with Sachin Vaze at the hotel. He is also interrogated before being taken into custody. NIA officials said that the woman was working to whiten the black money of Sachin Vaze. He did this using two IDs and had a note counting machine, which was found in Vaze’s Mercedes car last month.
On February 16, when Sachin Vaze was spotted at a Five Star Hotel in South Mumbai, he was accompanied by a woman and five large bags. The information about Mystery Woman was not revealed yet, however, it was said about those bags that contained cash. NIA sources confirmed that Sachin was carrying five bags full of money on the day of the incident.
According to the news agency language, ANI officials said that a team of NIA arrived at a hotel and club in the ‘Soni Building’ near Babulnath Temple at around 1 pm. Officials said the people and staff at the hotel were asked to vacate the premises. During the raid, NIA employees questioned some people in the club and the hotel, the official said.
The investigation team left there after about three hours. Some officers of the Gamdevi police station were also present there, as this area comes under this police station.
Sources said that the investigating agency had recently brought suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze to Babulnath area in connection with his investigation in the case. At the same time, another team of NIA also searched a flat on Mira Road in the Thane district. Sources said that a woman (Mystery Woman) lived in this flat and it was closed for about two weeks.
Vaze had come under the scanner of NIA since the gelatin sticks were recovered from an SUV near Ambani’s house. Vaze was arrested on 13 March. Vaze was suspended after being arrested by the NIA. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday claimed that the gelatin sticks found in a vehicle near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani were procured by suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze.
The NIA on Sunday recovered a laptop, a printer, two hard disks, two vehicle number plates, two DVRs, and two CPUs from the Mithi River with the help of divers. The NIA is investigating Vaze alleged role in erecting an SUV with gelatin sticks outside Ambani’s house on February 25 and in the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.