Minorities Development of Maharashtra and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Nawab Malik has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, seeking his release in a case registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA ).
The Minister was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 23 in a terror funding case related to a land deal involving underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his sister Haseena Parkar.
On March 15, the High Court had rejected the interim relief sought by Malik in a Habeas Corpus plea seeking his release during the pendency of the petition.
A Bench comprising Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Shriram M Modak had refused the interim bail application of Malik, stating that since the issues raised were debatable and need be heard at length, it was not inclined to grant relief in the case.
The petition, filed by Malik through Rashmikant and Partners, sought setting aside the order of the special PMLA judge dated February 23, which remanded him to ED custody for eight days.
The plea further termed the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), arrest of Malik and his remand as illegal. Malik stated that such illegal acts rendered his continued detention illegal and without jurisdiction, entitling him to a writ of Habeas Corpus and immediate release.