A Mumbai court on Friday refused to grant jailed Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and senior NCP leader Nawab Malik temporary medical bail. The court, however, allowed him to be treated at a private hospital.
The Court also permitted one of Malik’s daughters to remain present during the treatment, Bar and Bench reported.
Malik had filed an application seeking a six-week release from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail for medical treatment.
Malik was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on 23 February in connection with an alleged money laundering case involving Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.
The jailed minister was taken to JJ hospital earlier this month for a medical emergency, however, he was discharged and was taken back to Arthur Road prison.
Last month, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had submitted its chargesheet, which runs into 5,000 pages, against Malik in connection with the money laundering case.
The chargesheet has statements of witnesses and documents related to the land deal at the centre of the case where the Goawala compound in Kurla is situated, said officials.
While arresting Malik, the ED had claimed that he had entered into a land deal with Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, Haseena Parkar, through her driver Salim Patel.
Malik had filed an SLP before the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s order dismissing his plea for interim release.
In his plea, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said that his political rivals targeted him after being “deeply embarrassed by the exposes” carried out by him.
In the plea, senior NCP leader Nawab Malik also claimed that action was taken against him since he has been a “vocal critique of the misuse of central agencies” since 2020.
Nawab Malik has been repeatedly attacking central enforcement agencies, accusing them of harassing and intimidating opposition leaders at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party