- NCP leader Nawab Malik has been sent to custody of ED in a money laundering case.
- The court's order came after Malik was arrested by the ED earlier today.
- He was called for questioning in the morning today at around 8 am at the ED office in Mumbai.
The Special PMLA court in Mumbai on Wednesday sent Maharashtra Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik to Enforcement Directorate custody till March 3 in connection with Dawood Ibrahim money laundering case. The court's order came after Malik was arrested by the ED earlier today.
He was called for questioning in the morning today at around 8 am at the ED office in Mumbai. The 62-year-old NCP leader was produced before Special Judge R N Rokade, who remanded him in the ED custody for further probe into the matter.
"After the court hearing, Malik was brought to the ED office in Ballard Estate around 9 pm. The minister will have to spent this night at the ED office," the official said.
"The court will hear tomorrow our applications seeking permission to allow Nawab Malik to carry his medicines and get food from his home during his custody, and the presence of lawyers during his custodial interrogation," said Tariq Sayyed, Nawab Malik's lawyer.
Earlier, ED had sought 14-day custody of the NCP leader from the court. He was arrested today by Enforcement Directorate. According to the sources, Malik was not cooperating during the questioning.
Soon after his arrest, the leader said that he is not scared and will fight and win. ED had earlier today summoned Malik in connection with an alleged money laundering case related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Last week, the ED on Tuesday conducted raids at the residence of Dawood Ibrahim's sister Haseena Parkar in Mumbai in connection with the money laundering case. Searches were carried out by the ED at several places linked to people associated with the underworld in Mumbai, informed sources said on Tuesday.
The ED had also conducted searches at 10 different locations related to late Haseena Parkar, sister of Dawood Ibrahim, in Nagpada. The agency had also questioned Dawood's nephew and Parkar's son Alishah Parkar and Chota Shakeel's henchman Salim Qureshi aka Salim Fruits.
While getting down from the vehicle at night, Malik once again waved at media persons, just like he had done in the afternoon after stepping out of the ED office after his questioning.