The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has slapped the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against suspended police officer Sachin Vaze. He has been charged under sections 16 and 18 of the UAPA, According to information, The NIA has been tasked with probing Hiran's death as well. The home ministry transferred the case to it on March 20. The ATS was on Wednesday evening directed by Thane sessions court to hand over the probe to the central agency. The chief metropolitan magistrate court in Thane on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) to transfer the Mansukh Hiran murder case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) forthwith.
The court gave its order on an application filed by NIA on Tuesday seeking the transfer of the Mansukh Hiran murder case registered on March 7, 2021 to the special NIA court at Mumbai in view of a March 20 order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The case is being investigated by Maharashtra ATS. Hiran, linked to the explosive-laden Mahindra Scorpio parked near Antilia, billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai, was found dead on March 5. Hiran’s belongings, such as his mobile phone, gold chain and ring and wallet were missing.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court dismissed Singh's plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against the home minister, asking the senior officer to approach Bombay HC. The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has refused to sack or suspend Deshmukh, who has denied Singh's allegations and threatened to sue him for defamation. Vaze is already under arrest by NIA in the Antilia security scare case on March 13. NIA had taken over that case on March 8 following orders from MHA.