In the FIR filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, the wife of the deceased auto dealer Mansukh Hiran has accused police officer Sachin Vaze of killing her husband. She has said that Hiran had given his car to Vaze in November last year as the police officer was a regular client, which he had returned in February for servicing, but it went missing a few days later and turned up outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence on February 25, laden with gelatin sticks, among other things.
The FIR, accessed by The Free Press Journal, states that a case of murder has been lodged against unknown accused, wherein the accused has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code murder, causing disappearance of evidence, common intention and criminal conspiracy.
In her complaint and statement given to the Maharashtra ATS, Hiran’s wife Vimla has alleged, "From the given circumstances, I am sure my husband was murdered. I strongly suspect that police officer Sachin Vaze could have killed my husband. I request police to probe the matter with all angles and take my suspicions into consideration."
Vimla also claimed that the gelatin sticks-laden Scorpio found outside Antilia, had belonged to her husband for the last three years, having been purchased from a Peter Newton. The vehicle was, however, given to Vaze, a regular client of Hiran, in November 2020. The police officer had sent the car back with his driver to Hiran’s garage for servicing on February 5. When the latter took the car for a drive on February 17, the steering jammed and Mansukh parked it on the Airoli-Mulund Link Road, from where the car was allegedly stolen.
A week later, when the car was found outside Antilia, Hiran was questioned by the Vikhroli unit of ATS, wherein he claimed that he had registered a case of theft. “My husband was with Vaze on February 26, 27 and 28, wherein he had visited the crime branch office for questioning. Two days later, he submitted a complaint letter to the Chief Minister, home minister and the commissioners of Mumbai and Thane Police, stating that he was being harassed by police and the media. I have also presented a copy. However, when I enquired with my husband about the allegations, he said he had faced no such thing,” Vimla said in her complaint.
Vimla further said that Vaze had allegedly asked Hiran to get arrested in the case, saying he would get him out on bail in a couple of days. Subsequently, Hiran asked Vimla to seek a lawyer for anticipatory bail in connection to the case but the lawyer refused as Hiran was not an accused in the matter, Vimla said in her statement.
When The Free Press Journal reached Vaze for a comment, he said, “The car being with me is not an allegation and doesn’t prove anything. I don’t think any such allegation was made, but I’ll read through it and then comment.”
On March 4, Vimla was surprised to see her husband returning home early, around 8.30pm. Hiran told her that he had been called by an officer named Tawde to Kandivli for questioning, which was the last time she saw him alive. Around 11pm, when Vimla and her sons tried calling Hiran, his phone was switched off and a few hours later, on March 5, his body was retrieved from Reti Bunder in Mumbra.
Vimla told police that when Hiran had not answered his phone, she had called Vaze to ask about her husband’s whereabouts, and the police officer’s response was that it was very unlikely Hiran would go for a police probe without informing him. “My husband’s jewellery, wallet and other valuables were missing from his body, which raises suspicion of him committing suicide,” Vimla said.