MUMBAI: A special court here on Tuesday extended, till April 7, the NIA custody of a dismissed cop and a bookie arrested in connection with the death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran.
The duo - jailed former cop currently on parole Vinayak Shinde and cricket bookie Naresh Gaud - was arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on March 21 and the case was subsequently taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on March 24.
Seeking 10 days additional custody, NIA Special Public Prosecutor Sunil Gonsalves said that the probe agency has seized two mobile, one iPhone, 7 SIM cards, a blank cover of SIM card, a note with 14 mobile numbers mentioned including 5 in the name of arrested-suspected cop and prime accused Sachin Vaze with 'Ok' written (for activation) beside them.
He said that Gaur had given those 5 numbers to co-accused Shinde who gave it to Vaze and these were later used for the conspiracy and crime pertaining to the SUV Scorpio abandoned on February 25 near Antilia building, the home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, followed by Hiran's death on March 5.
Gonsalves argued that Vaze and Shinde were present when the conspiracy was hatched, and Gaur has given a disclosure statement after which the NIA recovered a laptop, DVRs and other materials which were fished out from the Mithi River on Sunday (March 28). (IANS)