NIA Tortured, Forcibly Signed Papers: Sachin Waze  

Sachin Vaze, Param Bir Singh, Anil Deshmukh
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Mumbai, 1st December 2021: The sacked Maharashtra police officer Sachin Waze has made many serious allegations against the National Investigation Agency. 

Waze has said that he was tortured in NIA custody. Not only this, Sachin Waze alleges that the investigating agency forcibly got him to sign many documents. 

Sachin Waze’s serious allegations against NIA

On Tuesday, Sachin Waze appeared before the one-member Chandiwal Inquiry Commission. He told the commission that the time spent in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after his arrest in the ‘Antilia’ case was the “most painful time” of his life and claimed that he signed several documents “under pressure”. Waze made this claim while replying to a question by the counsel of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in his cross-examination before the single-member commission. 

The state government had in March set up the Justice (retd) K U Chandiwal commission to probe corruption charges against Deshmukh, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Deshmukh also appeared before the commission on Tuesday. The former home minister has been in judicial custody since November 15 following his arrest in an alleged money laundering case. 

Anil Deshmukh also appeared

After Deshmukh was produced before the commission at around 12 noon on Tuesday, his lawyer Anita Castellino made an application requesting the adjournment of the proceedings. Castellino said he had received instructions that a senior advocate would participate in the case. The commission gave a moratorium till December 13 but was directed to deposit the amount in the “Chief Minister’s Relief Fund-Covid 19” within a week, imposing a fine of Rs 15,000. 

‘I was harassed and humiliated’

But later, Deshmukh and lawyer Castellino requested that they be allowed to ask some questions to Sachin Waze. The commission granted the permission as no objection was raised by the lawyers of the other parties. Responding to a question by Deshmukh’s lawyer Castellino, whether there was any pressure or uncomfortable situation in NIA custody, Waze said, “Yes, of course. It was a shocking time.” 

Responding to another question, Waze said he was being “harassed and insulted” by the NIA during his custody. He also said, “I say that I am still in shock.” 

Waze also claimed that he signed various documents “under pressure from NIA officials”. The interrogation of Waze will continue on Wednesday i.e. even today.