Charges filed in connection with the Mukesh Ambani security scare case will include those under anti-terror law UAPA, National Investigation Agency (NIA) sources said Wednesday afternoon, explaining that the presence and quantity of explosives recovered indicate terrorist action.
So far, only charges relating to criminal conspiracy had been raised against the accused, including former Mumbai cop Sachin Waze, who is currently in NIA custody.
Earlier on Wednesday a Thane court ordered the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) to hand over all documents in the Mansukh Hiran death case to the NIA. The agency was represented by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh appeared for NIA in Thane court.
The case – involving the death of a man said to be the owner of the explosives-filled SUV found near the home of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani earlier this month – had been transferred by the Home Ministry to the central agency last week.
On Tuesday the NIA informed a special court that the Maharashtra ATS was delaying handing over the necessary files, papers and case diaries, three days after having been instructed to do so.
NIA sources said they had also flagged the matter with the office of the Maharashtra police chief but received no support. Sources said they were left with no option but to inform the court.
Initial inquiries into the Mukesh Ambani security scare revealed the abandoned explosives-filled SUV – a Mahindra Scorpio – belonged to Mr Hiran, who reported it stolen February 17. An auto parts dealer, Mr Hiran, 45, was found dead along the Mumbra-Reti Bunder road in Thane on March 5.