NIA must probe DVR disappearance: Congress

Congress' Sachin Sawant said DVR was taken into custody by an official who was sent from Param Bir Singh's office
Last Updated 27 March 2021, 14:10 IST

Adding a new dimension to the twin cases of the explosive-laden SUV planting and the Mansukh Hiren murder, Congress asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to look into the disappearance of Digital Video Recorder (DVR) of the Mumbai Police commissionerate on Saturday.

“When Parambir Singh was the Commissioner of Police, the DVR of the Mumbai Police commissionerate disappeared from his office. Why is the NIA not investigating? Surprisingly, the NIA has not taken the statement of any of Sachin Vaze's senior officials in the last 18 days,” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee’s general secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.

The NIA must probe this aspect, he demanded at a news conference in Mumbai.

Sawant said that on March 10, the DVR was officially taken by the ATS for investigation, but within two hours, the CP office felt that it was a mistake to have handed it over. "The DVR was called back saying that it would be checked and returned later on the ground that visibility is poor. Someone from Parambir Singh's office called ATS chief Jai Jeet Singh and said so. Inquiry of this will reveal the real name which is although quite clear,” Sawant said.

He said DVR was taken into custody by an official who was sent from Singh's office.

“The DVR has since disappeared. Why isn't the NIA investigating? In this DVR, the Scorpio, Innova movement were clearly seen and also who Sachin Vaze and others were in contact with. Surprisingly, despite the disappearance of important evidence, the NIA has not summoned any senior official for the last 18 days,” he said.

(Published 27 March 2021, 14:10 IST)

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