The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two people in connection with the Antilia bomb scare case. The arrested men identified as Santosh Shelar and Anand Jadhav were produced before the court today and sent to NIA custody till June 21.
NIA is trying to ascertain whether Shelar and Jadhav had played any role in the murder of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, who purportedly owned the SUV found outside Ambani’s residence ‘Antilia’ on February 25. Hiran’s body was found in a creek in Thane on March 5.
On March 13, a former Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze was arrested who is a prime accused in the case. Presently, he is in the custody of NIA for his alleged involvement in the Antilia bomb scare. Along with him, three other former policemen – Riyazuddin Kazi, Sunil Mane, Vinayak Shinde, and a bookie, Naresh Gor, are also accused in the case.
Under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the probe agency can seek time up to total of 180 days since the day of the arrest of the accused, to submit the charge sheet. The NIA had earlier moved the special court seeking an extension of 90 days to file the charge sheet. The agency had said that an extension was required to complete the probe against all the accused.
On February 25, an SUV with 20 explosive gelatin sticks and threat letter were found outside business tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s house. A few days later, Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren was found dead in Thane creek. Later, NIA took over the case and arrested several police officials API Riyaz Qazi, Suni Mane among some others for their alleged connection in the cases.