Prime News, National (Mumbai), November 18:- On Wednesday, the special under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Mumbai sent former cop Sachin Vaze to judicial custody in a money laundering case. However, five others accused in the same case were granted interim bail.
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh is also an accused in the case, which is currently being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He is in judicial custody at present.
In his bail plea, Sachin Vaze stated that he had cooperated with the ED throughout the investigation.
His plea said, “The prosecution never felt the necessity to arrest Vaze for the purpose of investigation. Vaze was arrested in another offence on March 13 and was always available for the investigation. ED officers visited Vaze on various dates for investigation in Taloja jail. The case against him is based entirely on documentary trail, banking transactions and a statement taken on oath, thus, there is no chance of tampering with evidence.”
Sachin Vaze was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in March in the Antilia-Mansukh Hiren case. He is currently in judicial custody in that case as well.
The ED had filed its prosecution complaint against 14 individuals and companies in the case, including Sachin Vaze. However, he was never arrested in the case.
When Sachin Vaze was produced before special judge MG Deshpande in the money laundering case, the judge said, “Considering the offence is non-bailable and in view of the objection raised by ED, the accused is remanded to judicial custody”. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).