On February 25, an explosive-laden Scorpion was found parked near Antilla, the residence of billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani. A week later, on March 5, the body of Mansukh Hiran, the man who owned the Scorpio, was found. This sparked a series of events that led to the removal of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, the arrest of some of Mumbai’s best-known police officers and the arrest of the then Home Secretary of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh.
Today, a year after the event, several questions related to the case remain unanswered, even though the National Investigation Agency filed a 9,000-page indictment on September 3 last year. Several aspects of the crime – who was the mastermind, if there was any inattention on the part of the then Police Commissioner Singh, the source of, among other things, the gelatin sticks planted in the vehicle – remain unanswered to this day.
Vikram Khalate, the NIA SP investigating the case, was transferred after completing his seven-year tenure with the agency. Earlier this year, however, Khalate was granted a one-year reprieve and was returned to Mumbai NIA to continue overseeing the case.