Mumbai (Maharashtra: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday (April 13) provisionally attached assets belonging to Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. As many as eight properties have been attached.
The central agency, in a tweet, said, “ED has provisionally attached eight properties belonging to Mohammed Nawab Mohammed Islam Malik alias Nawab Malik, his family members, M/s Solidus Investments Pvt Ltd and M/s Malik Infrastructure under PMLA, 2002.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to list for hearing Malik’s plea filed against an order of the Bombay High Court, which had rejected his interim application seeking immediate release in a case of money laundering being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate.
The NCP leader has challenged the March 15 order of the Bombay High Court, which had rejected his application saying just because the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court’s order remanding him in custody is not in his favour, it does not make that order illegal or wrong.
After the Enforcement Directorate had arrested Malik under the provisions of the PMLA, he had filed a habeas corpus plea in the High Court, claiming that his arrest by the ED and the consequent remands were illegal.
The High Court had said that Malik was arrested by the ED in accordance with the law and subsequently been remanded to the ED’s custody and then to judicial custody following due process. ED had arrested Minorities Development Minister Malik on February 23 over a property deal allegedly linked to the aides of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
The federal agency has accused Malik of being part of an alleged criminal conspiracy to usurp a property in Mumbai’s Kurla area, which currently has a market value of Rs 300 crore and belongs rightfully to one Munira Plumber.
However, Malik had submitted before the High Court that he had bought the property in a bonafide transaction three decades ago, and Plumber has now changed her mind about the transaction. (ANI)