Money Laundering Case: Nawab Malik Was Sent To Judicial Custody Till March 21

Nawab Malik, the Maharashtra minister for minority development, was placed in judicial detention till the 21st of March by a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) courtroom on Monday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) detained the top Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) officer concerning an accused money laundering case involving fugitive criminal Dawood Ibrahim and a few of his closest associates.

After his Enforcement Directorate detention ended on Monday, Malik was brought before special PMLA magistrate Rahul Rokade. The federal agency's special lawyer, Sunil Gonsalves, sought the judge to return the 62-year-old lawmaker to judicial detention.

Malik cannot be interrogated by any investigative official while in judicial detention without the authorization of the PMLA court.

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On the 23rd of February, the Enforcement Directorate detained the state cabinet minister concerning a money-laundering lawsuit filed against fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in association with the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings. The arrest came after the Enforcement Directorate raided the homes of people associated with the terror suspects, including Haseena Parkar, his deceased sister. In the 2000s, Malik allegedly dealt with several of Parkar's aides over a Kurla estate.

The Enforcement Directorate's case is predicated on the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) latest filing of a First Information Report (FIR) on Ibrahim and others. The National Institute of Justice has filed a criminal charge underneath the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

On the 3rd of March, the minister's detention was prolonged when the ED said it needed to look into another transaction involving a real estate reportedly usurped by Malik.

The suspect has also unlawfully seized or additional estate in Kurla, according to the ED's most recent remand application. This property appears to have been usurped without any official records of sale and by intimidating the landowners. More inquiry is required. When the victim objected, he was kidnapped and threatened with serious penalties. The victim had also spoken with the accused about the unlawful encampment but had been urged to forget about it.

According to the ED's initial remand plea, Malik allegedly seized a property in Kurla called Goawala Compound, which is approximately three acres and is worth over 300 crores, by allegedly paying Parkar $5 lakh, so indirectly supporting her fugitive gangster brother's operations.

The sum was first indicated to be 60 lakh owing to a clerical error in the application, according to the Enforcement Directorate.

According to the remand motion, Nawab Malik supported the D-Company financially by giving Haseena Parkar consideration for an unlawfully acquired share.

Malik has refuted the charges, claiming that the purchase was legal and backed up by paperwork. His attorney said that the minister was a sufferer of deception and was duped into paying for things that did not relate to the vendor.

These charges initially appeared in November 2021, when opposition politician and previous chief minister Devendra Fadnavis stated at a news conference that Malik had signed a real estate deal with the 1993 Mumbai bomb explosion convict Parker frontman Mohd Salim Ishaq Patel and Sardar Shahwali Khan.