A special court on Monday denied the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody of sacked police officer Sachin Waz for questioning in the Antilia bombing case and allowed him to be admitted to a private hospital for treatment of his heart disease. He doesn’t want to be “another Stan husband”.
Special Judge Prashant R. Sitre allowed him to be admitted to a private hospital in the police station for treatment of heart disease. The court said Mr Waze and his family would bear the cost of such treatment.
Mr Waz, his lawyer, had earlier told the court through senior advocate Sudip Pasbola that he had “90 per cent blockage” in his three arteries and doctors had advised immediate surgery for it.
She called on the court to allow her private treatment, saying she “does not want to die in custody like the aboriginal rights activist and Jesuit priest (Stan’s husband).”
Mr Swami (), an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, died on July 5 at a private hospital in suburban Bandra while awaiting medical bail.
Last week, in the NIA Antilia bombing case, Mr Court Waz and his co-accused and former police officer Sunil Mane applied to the special court for five days custody.
The other eight accused in the case, including Mr Waze and Mr Man Main, are currently in judicial custody.
The special court on Monday also refused to grant custody of the NIA, Man. Earlier, the agency kept Mr Waz in custody for two days and Mr Mane in custody for 15 days.
On Monday, the NIA sought further custody, saying Mr Waz and Mane would have to be questioned to confirm witness statements.
Advocate Passbola, however, objected to the same, saying doctors at the metropolitan government-run JJ Hospital, where Mr Mr Waz was taken from Nabi Taloja Jail in Mumbai earlier this month, advised him to undergo bypass surgery without delay.
Mr. Pas Passbola has prepared three medical reports to show that Mr. Waz needs immediate medical attention. He said there was nothing more important than a person’s life and that if Mr Waze died while waiting for treatment, the NIA investigation would be futile.
There is nothing more important than a person’s life. The investigation would be futile if the person did not survive, “Mr Pasbola said.” We do not want him to be another Stan husband.
The judge then asked Mr Mr Waz, who had appeared in court, if he had anything to say.
Mr Mr Waz then said in Marathi that he did not want to be “another Stan husband”.
The court in its order directed the Taloja jail authorities to take Mr Mr Waz to a private SS hospital and research center in Bhiwandi town of Thane district for treatment.
It instructed the superintendent of Taloza prison to submit Mr Waz’s medical report to the court every 15 days after the former police officer was admitted to the hospital.
On February 25, an explosive-laden vehicle was found near the home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani in south Mumbai. Mansukh Hiran, a businessman from Thane, claimed to be the owner of the car.
Mr Hiran, who said his car had been stolen a week earlier, was found dead in a creek in Thane on March 5.
The NIA claims that Mr Waz was involved in planting explosives and killing Mr Hiron and arrested him on March 13. He was later fired from his police job.
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