MUMBAI: The Mumbai crime branch chief had objected to the posting of police officer
in the elite crime intelligence unit or CIU in June last after his reinstatement post a 17-year suspension but was overruled by then city police commissioner
Param Bir Singh
, a report prepared by joint commissioner of police (crime) Milind Bharambe said.
The then JCP (crime) Santosh Rastogi unwillingly agreed, the report said. The CIU, an elite unit, reports to the crime branch chief but Waze reported directly to Singh, the report said. Waze, who was under suspension for the custodial death of 2002 bomb blast accused Khwaja Yunus, was reinstated by Singh.
Bharambe has filed the report after the home department on March 24 asked the commissioner of police to file a report on Waze following his arrest for planting of explosives in a Scorpio found parked outside industrialist
’s residence, and the murder of Mansukh Hiran. The home department had asked eight questions pertaining to Waze. Bharambe submitted the report on March 30, addressing it to the additional home secretary, and city police chief Hemant Nagrale recently submitted the report to the home department.
Waze was among the 57 cops reinstated citing shortage of manpower during the pandemic in June 2020 after three review meetings. He was initially given a non-executive posting at the local arms division on June 8. The same day, he was transferred to the CIU in a meeting of the
Police Establishment Board
. Singh had also issued an order saying that henceforth, any appointment of senior inspectors of the crime branch will be not done without his consent, the report stated. The CIU was always led by an officer of the rank of inspector, but Waze was one rank junior.
Waze did not follow the rules and directly and independently reported to Param Bir Singh, and Waze investigated under his guidance, the report said. “Sachin Waze was following the guidelines of the then commissioner of police about raids on illegal activities, whom to arrest or not,” the report said.
The report said Waze never reported to any officer of the crime branch during his nine months’ tenure (June 10 to March 12, 2021). No officer of the crime branch gave any review opinion/directions in investigations handled by Waze because he directly reported it to the commissioner, the report said. Waze’s subordinates at CIU were also asked not to report to their immediate bosses. The report said this was brought to the notices of the commissioner, but then the latter had given directions from time to time.