Thursday, February 2, 2023

Rajya Sabha polls: Bombay HC directs NCP leader Nawab Malik to approach appropriate bench for casting vote

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The Bombay High Court on Friday told NCP leader Nawab Malik to approach an appropriate Bench, while seeking permission to cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections, scheduled to be held today.

The Single-Judge Bench of Justice P.D. Naik rejected Malik’s petition filed under Article 227 of the Constitution and Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), challenging the June 9 order of Special Judge R.N. Rokade.

The Minister was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with a case related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Justice Naik said since the tenor of his plea was that of seeking bail on bond, so the Minister should approach an appropriate court by filing plea under provisions 439, 440 and 441 of CrPC.

Malik had told the Court that since he was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), he had a right to vote for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Initially, the NCP leader had sought one-day bail to cast the vote, but later on, he requested the Court for permission to cast vote under police escort and return to prison.

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