The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file an affidavit on a plea by sacked Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vajhe, arrested in the Antilia bomb case and businessman Mansukh deer murder case, seeking his house arrest. has done. Vajhe, the prime accused in the murder of entrepreneur Mukesh Hiran, has recently undergone heart surgery after finding explosives in an SUV parked near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani. Vajhe was arrested by the NIA in March this year.
Vajhe sought permission from the special NIA court to put him under house arrest so that he could recover. Vajhe had said that if he was asked to remain in jail, he could be vulnerable to infection. Wajhe’s request was rejected by a special NIA court last month following which he had approached the high court earlier this week.
A division bench of Justice Nitin Jamadar and Justice Sarang Kotwal heard Wajhe’s petition on Wednesday. Vajhe’s lawyers Sudip Pasbola and Raunak Naik told the court that Vajhe has been discharged from the private hospital and shifted to Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai. He said that the jail hospital is in a bad condition. Thereafter, the bench directed the NIA to file the affidavit within a week.
Waje, in his plea, has contended that he is at risk of contracting an infection as he has undergone a recent surgery and if he is asked to remain in jail, his health will be put at further risk.