You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News
Business Standard

Antilia bomb scare: Court rejects dismissed cop Riyazuddin Kazi's bail

Besides Kazi and Waze, other accused in the case include former encounter specialist officer Pradip Sharma and former policemen Vinayak Shinde and Sunil Mane

Mukesh Ambani | National Investigation Agency NIA | Bomb scare

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Mukesh Ambani's residence 'Antilia'
Mukesh Ambani's residence Antilia

A special court here on Tuesday denied bail to dismissed police officer Riyazuddin Kazi, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last year for alleged role in the Antilia and Mansukh Hiran murder cases.

Special judge for NIA cases A T Wankhede denied relief to Kazi. The detailed order was awaited. Kazi, who worked closely with prime accused Sachin Waze, was posted with the Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Crime Branch when a Scorpio car with gelatin sticks inside was found near 'Antilia', the south Mumbai residence of industrialist .

His alleged role came to light after Waze, then assistant police inspector, was arrested on March 13, 2021. Advocates Yug Chaudhary and Hasnain Kazi, appearing for Riyazuddin, argued that he was accused of conspiring to destroy evidence, which is a bailable offense, and not for murder or an offense under the stringent Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act. The prosecution failed to prove that the material which Sachin Waze allegedly destroyed had been used in the crime, the lawyers said.

They also said that Kazi maintained a record of his actions in the station diary, and he would not have done so and created evidence against himself, if he had been a conspirator.

Whatever Riyazuddin Kazi did was in his official capacity, the lawyers argued.

Besides Kazi and Waze, other accused in the case include former encounter specialist officer Pradip Sharma and former policemen Vinayak Shinde and Sunil Mane.

An explosives-laden SUV was found near Ambani's house on February 25, 2021. Hiran, who had claimed he was in possession of the SUV before it was stolen, was found dead in a creek in Thane some days later on March 5.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, March 01 2022. 19:48 IST