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Court likely to order ex-Maha minister Nawab Malik’s bail plea

Last updated: November 24, 2022, 1:18 PM IST

The NCP leader alleged last year that Sameer Wankhede submitted forged documents to obtain his caste certificate.  (File photo: ANI)

The NCP leader alleged last year that Sameer Wankhede submitted forged documents to obtain his caste certificate. (File photo: ANI)

The Enforcement Directorate arrested the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in February this year.

A special court here is likely to rule on Thursday on the bail application of former Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik in a money laundering case linked to the activities of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.

Special Judge RN Rokade reserved his order on Malik’s bail plea on 14 November after protracted arguments from both sides.

The Enforcement Directorate arrested the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in February this year.

He is in judicial custody and is currently being treated at a private hospital here.

Malik filed a regular bail application with the special court in July.

The NCP leader applied for bail and pleaded that there is no criminal offense against him to prosecute him for money laundering.

However, the investigative agency opposed the bail, stating that the case registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Dawood Ibrahim and his accomplices is considered a predicate offense.

The ED has claimed that the suspect was related to Ibrahim and his sister Hasina Parkar and “there is no way he is innocent”.

The ED’s case against Malik is based on an FIR filed by the NIA against Dawood Ibrahim, a designated global terrorist and chief defendant in the 1993 Mumbai bombing case, and his associates under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

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