Politics & Governance

Mamata Banarjee dials Sharad Pawar, extends support after the arrest of Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik was arrested by the ED in connection to a money laundering case related to Mumbai underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, on Wednesday, spoke to the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar after Maharashtra minister and party leader Nawab Malik was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.  

According to the reports, Mamta Banerjee expressed her support to Sharad Pawar and pleaded with him not to remove Malik from the state government during the call.

The National Congress Party President called an emergency meeting at his residence, soon after Nawab Malik’s arrest. NCP leaders Rajesh Tope, Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal were present at the meeting called by Pawar. Chhagan Bhujbal said Sharad Pawar also received calls from some of the leaders of the Congress party and they extended their support. “Sharad Pawar ji has received calls from Mamata Banerjee and Congress leaders who expressed their support,” he said to the news agency, ANI.  

Earlier, the central agency had produced Nawab Malik before the special PMLA court in connection with a money laundering case that is related to Mumbai underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The 62-year-old Nawab Malik said that ED officials came to his residence and forcefully took him to their office and interrogated him for about seven hours. He also shared a short news clipping of his arrest on Twitter with a caption that “he will fight, he will win and he will expose everyone”.

During the court hearing, the ED said that Nawab Malik introduced fake tenants on properties purchased with Dawood Ibrahim money in order to cut down the registration value of the land. Arguing for the central agency, additional solicitor general Anil Singh and advocate Hiten Venegaonkar sought 14-day custody of Nawab Mallik to complete the investigation. 

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