In a breaking development in the scandal involving the Maharashtra government and Mumbai Police, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the mystery woman in connection with suspended API Sachin Vaze in the Mansukh Hiren murder probe and the Antilia bomb scare case.
NIA officials picked up Meena George, the woman who kept track of Sachin Vaze’s accounts and was reportedly spotted at luxury hotel Trident with the now-suspended API. The agency arrested her at the Mumbai airport on 31 March and then raided her house.
Meena George had been absconding for the past few days. A team different from the one that arrested her interrogated her at the NIA office.
NIA interrogated the owner of the apartment in Mira Road too. This property had been rented out to Meena George. The agency conducted a search operation at this apartment.
Meena George had been spotted along with Sachin Vaze in the CCTV footage of 5-star hotel Trident with a cash counting machine. A total of 5 bags were checked in at hotel Trident on 16 February. According to the CCTV footage examined by the probe agencies, Sachin Vaze had entered the hotel first and then the woman followed. The mystery woman had stayed in the hotel for 2-days.
A businessman had allegedly funded Sachin Vaze’s luxury stay in the 5-star hotel. The businessman runs a tours and travels company. Investigation reveals that the businessman had paid about Rs 13 lakh to Sachin Vaze after the latter had contacted him in connection to a pending case at Kanjurmarg Police Station.
Sources from the probe agencies reveal that Vaze had asked the businessman to put in a request at the police station for the transfer of his case to the crime branch. In return, he had asked the businessman to make arrangements for his stay in the luxury hotel.
The businessman, as per sources, had offered three options: Taj in Colaba, Trident and Oberoi at Nariman Point. Out of these three, the ex-API had chosen to stay in Trident, which was charging around Rs 10,000 per night.
On 30 March, media had accessed Sachin Vaze’s fake Aadhaar card, which he had used to check-in the 5-star hotel, Trident, in Mumbai on February 16. The date of birth mentioned in the Aadhaar card is “1972” and the picture is that of Vaze from his younger days.
NIA sources said that the conspiracy of the Antilia bomb scare was hatched in February when Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze was staying in a 5-star hotel in Mumbai. They said that Vaze had stayed in the hotel using a fake ID card in the name of “Sadashiv”, for which proof has been accessed by media.
Moreover, Vaze purportedly went to this hotel in an Innova on 16 February and left on February 20 in a Land Cruiser. As per sources, these vehicles used by Vaze are among those seized by the NIA and are visible in the CCTV recording. One more care linked to Vazegate has been seized on 30 March, taking the total up to 6.