- Sachin Waze had asked the court for private medical treatment
- The court said the treatment costs will be borne by Sachin Waze
- The court also denied the NIA custody of Sachin Waze
A special court on Monday refused to grant the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody of fired police officer Sachin Waze for questioning in the Antilia bomb case and allowed him to be admitted to a private hospital for treatment for his heart condition after he said he doesn’t want to be “another Stan Swamy”.
Special Judge Prashant R Sitre allowed Mr Waze, 49, who is currently in prison under judicial custody, to be admitted to a private hospital in Thane for treatment of his heart condition. The costs of such treatment will be borne by Mr Waze and his family, the court said.
Waze had previously, through his attorney, senior attorney Sudeep Pasbola, told the court that three of his arteries were “90 percent clogged” and that doctors had advised immediate surgery for the same.
He urged the court to give him permission for private medical treatment, saying he did not want to “die in custody like (tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest) Stan Swamy”.
Mr Swamy, 84, a suspect in the left-hand Elgar Parishad-Maoists case, had died on July 5 at a private hospital in a suburb of Bandra while awaiting medical bail.
Last week, the NIA filed a petition with the special court for custody of Mr Waze for two days and for his co-defendant and former police officer Sunil Mane for five days in the Antilia bomb threat case.
Mr Waze and Mr Mane, along with eight other suspects in the case, are currently in judicial custody.
The special court also refused to grant the NIA, Mr Mane’s custody, on Monday. Previously, the central agency had Mr Waze in custody for 28 days and Mr Mane for 15 days.
On Monday, the NIA sought further detention and said it was necessary to question Mr Waze and Mr Mane to confirm witness statements.
However, attorney Pasbola objected to the same, saying doctors at the metropolitan city’s government-run JJ Hospital, where Mr Waze had been released from Navi Mumbai prison earlier this month, had advised him to have bypass surgery without delay. undergo.
Mr. Pasbola has prepared three medical reports to show that Mr. Waze needs immediate medical attention. He said nothing was more important than a person’s life and that the NIA’s investigation would be futile if Mr Waze died pending medical treatment.
“Nothing is more important than a person’s life. The investigation will be meaningless if the person does not survive,” said Mr Pasbola. “We don’t want him to become a Stan Swamy again,” he said.
The judge then asked Mr Waze, who had been brought before the court, if he wanted to say anything.
Mr. Waze then said in Marathi that he did not want to become “another Stan Swamy”.
The court ordered Taloja prison authorities to take Mr Waze to the private SS hospital and research center in Bhiwandi town in Thane district for treatment.
It also ordered the Superintendent of Taloja Prison to submit Mr Waze’s medical report to the court every 15 days if the former police officer was hospitalized.
An explosives-laden vehicle was found near industrial Mukesh Ambani’s home in south Mumbai on February 25. Mansukh Hiran, a businessman from Thane, claimed to be the owner of the vehicle.
Hiran, who had said his vehicle had been stolen a week earlier, was found dead in a creek in Thane on March 5.
The NIA claimed that Mr. Waze was involved in the placement of the explosives and the murder of Mr. Hiran and arrested him on March 13. He was later fired from the police.
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