ED arrests Nawab Malik in money laundering case linked to Underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim
Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday arrested Nationalist Congress Party leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik in a money laundering case. The case is linked to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his right-hand men. Malik is being questioned since 8 am and was later taken to the hospital for a routine medical checkup.
ED has been investigating Malik ever since former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alleged that Nawab Malik has bought a property from two aides of Dawood Ibrahim at a very lower price compared to its original market value. “A prime property of 2.80 acres on L B S Marg in Kurla was bought by Solidus Investment Private Limited for a meager Rs 30 lakh. The signatory on the deal was Faraz Malik, the son of Nawab Malik,” Fadnavis told. The former CM also told that “Out of the two men, one is Sardar Shahwali Khan who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case. While the other man Salim Patel is a frontman of Haseena Parkar, the late sister of Dawood Ibrahim. Salim was also arrested in 2007.”
Nawab has called the allegations false. He says that he never bought any property from anyone. Meanwhile, NCP workers are protesting near the ED office situated in South Mumbai. The workers were seen going towards the ED’s office however they were stopped midway by the police. Party’s spokesperson Sanjay Tatkare said that “The protest is against the unjust questioning of Nawab Malik as he was exposing the BJP NCB CBI ED nexus on a daily basis. We will not be cowed down. NCP will keep exposing BJP and all central agencies.”
Raids were also conducted at Dawood Ibrahim’s and Haseena Parkar’s Mumbai residences. The ED also claims to have established a money trail linking other underworld people to Nawab Malik.