Two police inspectors and a senior police officer of Mumbai Police are being investigated. The NIA is likely to summon them in a day or two in connection with the case of Mansukh Hiran’s suspected murder. Sources said Sachin Vaze, the key accused, had told NIA that on 6 March, a day after Hiran’s body was found, he had destroyed five mobile phones, including his official one.
The NIA is taking the help of forensic experts to retrieve the data of Vaze’s official mobile phone, which would be digital evidence in the Hiran murder case. Sources said Vaze had been using 13 phones.
A hotelier has said that on 3 March, when he had gone to hand over the ‘hafta (extortion money) collection‘ to Vaze, he had seen him, Hiran, arrested constable Vinayak Shinde and a cop of the Mumbai Police crime branch in a meeting. The NIA had recorded the statement of the hotelier on 25 March, Sources said NIA wanted to question this inspector as well.
NIA wants to question a senior policeman too for allegedly calling up a businessman from South Mumbai to pay a bill of Rs 13 lakh for Vaze’s stay in a five-star hotel.
The businessman told NIA that he had lodged a complaint that a jeweller had duped him of Rs 50 or 60 lakh, and the senior cop had told him that if he paid the hotel bill, Vaze will help him recover his money.
The investigation by Maharashtra ATS, sources said, had found that a clique involving one or more functionaries of the state government had hatched the plot to kill Hiran on 2 March. This happened in the course of a two-hour meeting Vaze held with two of his colleagues at police headquarters.
The ATS has handed over a detailed probe report it had carried out during the last 15 days.