The plea by the Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik to release him from jail in a money laundering case was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday
The Apex Court said
“It is too nascent a stage to interfere with the investigation. We can’t interfere with the due process at this stage. You move the competent court”
The NCP leader who is 62 years was arrested in February in a case linked to Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind of 1993 Mumbai blasts.
The application by the minister to be released from jail was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared on behalf of Nawab Malik, questioned the validity of the arrest of Nawab Malik.
The ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra says that the NCP leader’s arrest in the investigation by the central probe agency was “politics of vendetta”. They made a verbal attack on the BJP for defaming the leader.
The ED arrested had Malik on February 23, accusing him of usurping a property in Kurla. It was alleged that Malik was in touch with the sister of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s named sister Haseena Parkar
In 2003 Malik, with his families support purchased a company called Solidus Investments Private Limited. The Enforcement Directorate maintains that this money was eventually earned through Solidus was used for wrong purposes.