National Investigation Agency and Mumbai Police officials who are scrutinising suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze’s conduct over the past month have found that he had asked the Vikhroli Police to prevent its investigation within the car theft case lodged by Mansukh Hiran.

Vaze had also been using fake identity documents, with which he booked rooms for himself in upmarket hotels within the city, it had been found.

On February 25, a gelatin-laden Scorpio was found 500 metres from Antilia, the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani. On February 27, Waze contacted the senior police inspector of Vikhroli police headquarters and instructed him to prevent their investigation within the theft case of the Scorpio vehicle lodged by Hiran on February 18.

“Waze had made a call to the Vikhroli police instructing them to prevent their investigation, i think this was done to make sure that his involvement doesn’t begin within the probe,” said a senior IPS officer. “It seems like soon after the investigation of the case got transferred to CIU, he had started destroying all the evidence and was bent stopping other policemen from conducting their investigation.”

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After Waze’s call, the police headquarters had stopped pursuing the case because it had been handed over to the CIU.

Meanwhile, the NIA on Monday visited a five-star hotel in South Mumbai where Waze had stayed in February. The investigators took the digital video recorder (DVR) of the hotel. CCTV footage, officials said, shows Waze walking with two bags.