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MUMBAI: Controversial officer Sachin Waze was reinstated in the Maharashtra police force after 16 years of suspension following a review conducted by senior officials during the lockdown in Mumbai. Adverse court observations had gone against him in the past.
The decision to revoke his suspension was taken at a meeting called on June 5, 2020, where files on suspended policemen were scrutinised. A committee headed by then chief secretary Ajoy Mehta and comprising police commissioner Parambir Singh and others studied cases including those of assistant inspector Waze and three constables who were suspended along with him for the alleged killing of Khwaja Yunus in police custody.
Waze, once known as an “encounter specialist” for his reputation in eliminating alleged gangland suspects, had been suspended from 2004 to 2020. He had resigned from service in 2007 and joined Shiv Sena a year later. Apart from political hobnobbing, he was a familiar face on television debates in the interim years. Waze also kept himself busy by collaborating on books on crime and terror and by running a social media portal.
Since the criminal case linked to Yunus’s disappearance was pending before a trial court, the department had not initiated any other action against him. While his case had come up for review in the past, the previous government had chosen not to reinstate him in the light of court observations in the Khwaja Yunus case, according to former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“When I was CM as well as home minister, a section of Shiv Sena leaders had approached me… then I had sought the opinion of the advocate general. I was told that since Waze was suspended following directives of the (Bombay) high court, it would be wrong to reinstate him… it would have amounted to contempt of court,” Fadnavis told the media on Sunday.
The review panel which cleared him recommended that given the shortage of personnel due to the pandemic, Waze should be reinstated. An affidavit subsequently filed by joint police commissioner Nawal Bajaj before the Bombay high court in July 2020 said the government had in 2011 decided that “based on facts and circumstances… where even after 2 years of filing a chargesheet, if case is pending, a review committee may recommend ending the suspension of the delinquents and to post them to non-executive branch.”
This reply was in response to a contempt petition by Yunus’s mother Asiya Begum, who had objected to Waze’s reinstatement. Asiya Begum, who has fought a long legal battle questioning the circumstances of her son’s death, had filed it against Mumbai police chief Parambir Singh, IPS officer Amitabh Gupta, the Maharashtra government, the review committee and the state CID, Nashik unit. Bajaj’s reply said the allegations made in the contempt petition were “totally incorrect” and sought its dismissal but, “in any event” he tendered an “unconditional apology” to the court.
Bajaj’s reply also said that the police commissioner had taken into consideration the “large scale infection” of Covid among policemen as a vital point before taking the decision. The “overwhelming scenario” of the pandemic had prompted the move, it said.
Following his reinstatement, Waze was shifted to the elite investigation wing known as Mumbai Crime Branch and posted to its Crime Intelligence Unit. High-profile cases linked to car designer Dilip Chhabria, actor Hrithik Roshan, fake TRPs, the business of boosting followers on social media, were among those handled by him despite the long hiatus.

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