Maharashtra minister’s release request rejected by SC: ‘Too early a stage…

Maharashtra minister’s release request rejected by SC: ‘Too early a stage…

The Supreme Court denied Nawab Malik’s bail in a case involving Dawood Ibrahim.

Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik’s request to have him released from prison on money laundering charges was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday. “It’s still too early to get involved in the investigation. We cannot interfere with due process at this stage. You (should) apply to the competent court,” the Supreme Court said in its statements.

The 62-year-old CPN leader was arrested in February in a case related to Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind behind the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Earlier, the Mumbai High Court had rejected the minister’s request for release from prison.

The ruling coalition Shiv SenaNCPCongress in Maharashtra, in an attack on the BJP, has claimed that the arrest of the NCP leader in the Central Bureau of Investigation investigation was “political revenge”.

Earlier Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate, which investigates financial crimes, filed a 5,000-page indictment in a Mumbai court. The Special Court for Cases of the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA) will take note of the indictment after examining the documents, the PTI news agency reported. , citing lawyers from the investigative agency.

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik is seen in this file photo soon after the arrest. (PTI) (HT_PRINT)

The case is based on a recent FIR filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against Dawood Ibrahim and his associates under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act (UAPA). 

Malik, according to the ED, funded a prominent member of the “D Gang” (Dawood gang) to illegally occupy a property. Last week, the ED provisionally seized eight properties belonging to Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik and members of his family. 

The foreclosed properties belonged to Malik, his family members, and family businesses Solidus Investments and Malik Infrastructure, according to the agency. Properties include the Goawala Compound, a commercial unit, three apartments in Kurla West, two additional apartments in Bandra West, and 147 acres of farmland in the Osmanabad District.

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