Mumbai, 2nd June 2023: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made a significant disclosure in the Mansukh Hiren murder case during a court hearing.
According to the NIA, dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze and former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma had a secret meeting at Malabar Hill on February 28, 2021, during which they allegedly conspired to eliminate Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren. The task of carrying out the plan was assigned to Pradeep Sharma, as claimed by the NIA.
The NIA provided a detailed response in the special court, opposing Vaze’s bail application. Vaze was arrested in connection with the explosives found outside the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
The incident unfolded on February 25, 2021, when a Mahindra Scorpio was discovered parked outside Antilia, the South Mumbai home of Mukesh Ambani. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a bag containing 20 sticks of gelatin. A letter threatening the Ambani family members was also recovered. Tragically, the body of the car’s owner, Mansukh Hiren, was found in a creek near Mumbra on March 5.
As per the NIA’s case, Vaze had used Hiren’s car to park it outside the Ambani residence. The NIA further stated that Hiren possessed crucial information about the conspiracy, and if he had disclosed it, it would have hindered Sharma, Vaze, and Sunil Mane (another arrested former police officer) from benefiting from their nefarious plans.
The NIA revealed that Sharma and Vaze held a clandestine meeting at Malabar Hill just two days after the vehicle was parked outside the Ambani residence. The agency supported this claim with call detail records as evidence. During the meeting, it is alleged that they conspired to eliminate Hiren, with Sharma being assigned the responsibility. It is believed that Sharma later went to Worli Sea Face to discuss the plan further.
The NIA also accused Vaze of initially denying his involvement in the case and deliberately misleading the investigation when he was first summoned for questioning.
These revelations by the NIA shed new light on the complex web of events surrounding the Mansukh Hiren murder case. As the investigation unfolds, more details are likely to emerge, unraveling the truth behind this shocking crime. The NIA’s disclosures have brought the spotlight back on Vaze, Sharma, and their alleged involvement in this high-profile case.