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Param Bir Singh overruled CIU chief on Sachin Waze posting: Report | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The crime branch chief had objected to the posting of Sachin Waze in the elite crime intelligence unit, a report prepared by joint CP (crime) Milind Bharambe said.
Bharambe filed the report after the home department on March 24 asked the commissioner of police to file a report on Waze following his arrest for planting of explosives in a Scorpio found parked outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence and murder of Mansukh Hiran. The home department had asked eight questions pertaining to Waze. Bharambe submitted the report on March 30, addressing it to the additional home secretary, and city police chief Hemant Nagrale recently submitted the report to the home department.
Waze was among the 57 cops reinstated citing shortage of manpower during the pandemic in June 2020 after 3 review meetings. Waze was initially given a non-executive posting at the local arms division on June 8. The same day, he was transferred to CIU in a meeting of the Police Establishment Board. Singh had also issued an order saying that henceforth, any appointment of senior inspectors of the crime branch will be not done without his consent, the report stated. CIU was always headed by an officer of the rank of inspector, but Waze was one rank junior.
Waze has not followed the rules and directly and independently reported to Param Bir Singh, and Waze investigated under his guidance, the report said. “Sachin Waze was following the guidelines of the then commissioner of police about raids on illegal activities, whom to arrest or not,” the report said.
The report said Waze never reported to any officer of the crime branch during his nine months’ tenure (June 10 to March 12, 2021). No officer of the crime branch gave any review opinion/directions in investigations handled by Waze because he directly reported it to the commissioner, the report said. Waze’s subordinates at CIU were also asked not to report to their immediate bosses. The report said this was brought to the notices of the commissioner of police, but then the latter had given directions from time to time, the report said.
“Waze who was handling important cases like TRP manipulation racket, dual car registration racket involving Dilip Chabbaria and planting of gelatines outside the house of Industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s and few other cases, was briefing Singh regularly and Waze in turn used to brief the important decision taken to the other senior crime branch officers. As per the protocol an officer probing any case briefs the assistant, deputy, additional and joint commissioners of police,” the report said.
The report said though CIU had three vehicles (Tata Sumo, Innova and Scorpio ) at its disposal, Waze used high-end vehicles like Mercedes and Audi and other private vehicles.

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