Thursday, April 18, 2024

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik’s jail custody extended till 18 April

A special Mumbai court on Monday extended the judicial custody of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik till April 18 in connection with a money laundering case.

NCP leader Malik was arrested on 23 February by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering probe linked to the activities of Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.

The 62-year-old leader was in ED’s custody till 7 March and was later sent to jail under judicial custody till 21 March which was later extended till 4 April.

Meanwhile, the minister has moved the Supreme Court against an order of the Bombay High Court which had rejected his interim application seeking immediate release from jail.

In his plea, he said that his political rivals targeted him after being “deeply embarrassed by the exposes” carried out by him.

The ED’s inquiry is based on a case filed by the National Investigation Agency earlier this month against Ibrahim and his aides under the draconian UAPA. According to ED, Malik was “actively involved” in the funding of terrorist activities.

In the plea, 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 BJP-led Union government.

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