Prima facie, Riyazuddin Kazi was a part of the conspiracy: NIA court docket | Mumbai information

Mumbai: Materials introduced on file by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) prima facie means that dismissed assistant police inspector (API) Riyazuddin Kazi was a part of the conspiracy hatched by ex-colleague and prime accused within the Antilia explosives scare and Mansukh Hiran homicide case, Sachin Vaze, the particular NIA court docket noticed whereas rejecting Kazi’s bail plea on March 1.

Within the detailed order which turned accessible on Friday, particular choose AT Wankhede mentioned: “Prima facie, it seems from the earlier and subsequent conduct of the applicant/accused (Kazi) that he was having information of the primary object/goal of the conspiracy hatched for putting the gelatine-laden automobile at Carmichael Highway.”

“In discharge of the identical and with the intention to disappear the proof and display the offender, the applicant/accused, on the occasion of the accused no.1 — Sachin Waze — collected the DVRs, CPU, and so forth. to destroy proof,” the particular choose mentioned, including, “Finally, the applicant/accused aided and abetted for the fee of the offence underneath UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act].”

On February 25, 2021, a Mahindra Scorpio was discovered deserted close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence Antilia, on Carmichael Highway in south Mumbai, with a duffel bag containing 20 unfastened gelatine sticks and a observe with a loss of life menace to his household. On March 5, the physique of a Thane dealer Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV, was discovered dumped in a creek at Reti Bunder close to Mumbra.

The Felony Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Crime Department, led by Vaze, investigated the case initially, throughout which period Vaze and his group, which additionally comprised Kazi, collected name element data (CDR) and digital video recorders (DVR) pertinent to the case.

On March 8, the Ministry of House Affairs issued a notification, directing the NIA to take over the case. The company arrested Vaze on March 9 after interrogating him for a number of hours. The company arrested Kazi on April 10, alleging that he was a part of the bigger conspiracy hatched by Vaze who aided and abetted by accumulating and destroying essential items of proof revealing Vaze’s involvement within the case.

The federal company claimed in its chargesheet that Kazi aided Vaze in arranging pretend automobile registration quantity plates used within the fee of the crime, in destruction of proof by illegally taking up CCTV, DVRs which had captured motion of automobiles allegedly utilized by Vaze throughout the inserting of the Scorpio on Carmichael Highway and by illegally taking up CCTV DVRs and data of the outlets from the place Vaze had procured pretend automobile quantity plates.

The particular court docket rejected Kazi’s contentions that he had collected the CCTV, DVRs and so forth. as a part of his obligation — pursuant to orders of his senior, the pinnacle of the CIU — and there was no proof suggesting that he was a part of the bigger conspiracy. His attorneys claimed that even when the allegations levelled towards him have been taken to be true, the offence of conspiring to destroy proof was a bailable offence, and he was entitled to bail as a matter of proper.

“As a matter of truth the articles equivalent to DVRs, CPU and so forth. which have been seized or taken in custody by the applicant/accused have been seized with out making ready panchanama in presence of the panch witnesses, nor these have been sealed,” the court docket held. “After recovering the mentioned articles, these have been simply saved within the server room of the CIU workplace and solely stickers have been pasted on it.”

“Prima-facie, the one intention might be gathered behind seizure of those articles is to destroy your complete proof declaring the involvement of the automobile, the individual utilizing the identical and he one who ready the pretend quantity plate. Performing such act can’t be part of the obligation of the applicant/accused,” the court docket added.

Who’s Riyazuddin Kazi?

Riyazuddin Hasimuddin Kazi had served for 20 years in police division and was posted in CIU since 2017. He was suspended on April 12, 2021 — two days after his arrest by the NIA and was finally dismissed from service by order dated Might 21, 2021. Right here’s what the NIA probe revealed:

1. Kazi allegedly aided Sachin Vaze in arranging pretend automobile quantity plates

2. Two days after the explosive-laden SUV was discovered deserted exterior industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s south Mumbai resident, Kazi together with different CIU employees seized DVRs from Nikhil Villa close to Antilia, Sadguru Automobile Decor and Traditional Automobile Décor (outlets owned by Mansukh Hiran in Thane), and Saket Co-operative Housing Society at Thane, the place Vaze resided

3. On March 1, 2021, Kazi allegedly visited Arihant Vehicles, Mulund and seized the DVRs with none documentation

4. On March 2, the CIU group visited Bunty Radium at Vikhroli and seized a CPU, register, Invoice Guide for the 12 months 2020 with none documentation.

5. On March 9, a day after NIA took over investigation within the case, Kazi and API Prakash Howal allegedly travelled with Vaze in his Mercedes-Benz to the Bandra Kurla Advanced, the place they witnessed, albeit from far, Vaze throwing some necessary items of proof seized by the CIU group throw in Mithi river with an intention to destroy the identical.