The chargesheet does not speak about how and from where now-dismissed assistant inspector Sachin Waze, a key conspirator, procured gelatin. It states that two days prior to Hiran’s murder, Waze handed over a bag containing huge cash to encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who in turn paid Hiran’s killers, but the source of the money is not clear.
Further, referring to the threat post that appeared on Telegram channel named “Jaish Ul Hind” claiming responsibility for placing the explosives-laden vehicle, the chargesheet talks about two motives: Waze wanted to regain his clout as ace detective/encounter specialist and hence conspired with others to place the explosives-laden vehicle and a threat note to Ambani, and about the second one, the chargesheet states, “Herein demand for ransom is made from Ambani family to avoid dire consequences which clearly depicts the motive of Waze for huge monetary gains from the entire conspiracy.”
The NIA suspects that former city police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s email ID was used to create the FaceTime ID, which allegedly was used to talk to other accused. The NIA is probing the matter and has written to the phone manufacturer to provide details of the FaceTime ID it has found.
Initial investigations of the ATS had pointed to Waze’s plan of killing a person in an alleged encounter outside Ambani’s bungalow, and for this purpose a vehicle was stolen from Aurangabad. However in the NIA chargesheet, there is no mention of this.
Aurangabad resident Vijay Nade had lodged a complaint of car theft though the number plate of his car was recovered along with several electronic devices such as laptop, DVR, mobile phones, hard drive and fake number plates of vehicles from the Mithi river. The stuff was apparently dumped there at the behest of Waze and his subordinate Riyazuddin Kazi.
NIA officials said their investigations are still underway, and some more persons likely to be arrested, and the supplementary chargesheet will have further information. NIA had on September 3 submitted the chargesheet before the court presided by special judge Prashant R Sitre against 10 accused, including Waze, retired encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and inspector Sunil Mane. It was filed two days before the stipulated period of 180 days under UAPA would end.