Nawab Malik: In conclusion to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) arguments against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader’s bail request, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh told the special court on Wednesday that former Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik’s interactions with Haseena Parkar, the late sister of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, show that he is not innocent.
A case against wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his close associates, including Shakeel Shaikh Babu Moiuddin aka Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon aka Tigar Memon, was initially filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Malik, 63, was arrested by the ED in February under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
On July 5, Nawab Malik requested bail and his advocate argued that his arrest did not constitute a predicate offence warranting his prosecution for money laundering.
According to ED’S chargesheet
However, according to the ED’s chargesheet, Malik and Parkar planned to seize control of the Goawala Compound in Kurla in September 2005 using a fake power of attorney. According to the chargesheet, 15.99 crore worth of the profits of crime from the land’s rent and other income were utilised to actively collaborate with terrorist organisations to fund terrorism.
The NIA believed the case filed against wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his associates was the predicate offence, the ASG informed judge Rahul Rokde of the special court for prosecuting members of Parliament and state lawmakers. Despite the fact that Goawala Compound was not mentioned [in the NIA case], ASG Singh said that Parkar had usurped other properties using the same strategy.
Singh argued that Ibrahim’s sister carried out his nefarious activities after he fled India. Forcibly settiling property disputes was another service offered by Parkar. She passed away in 2014.
“Malik was dealing with Parkar so there is no question of him being innocent. He knew this was a tainted property. They still had a meeting and a property worth crores was reflected as bought in lakhs, and to cover this up, [they] executed certain documents. Merely because some document is executed, it does not make the tainted property untainted,” ASG claimed in support of their case against Malik’s release on bail.
According to Malik, the power of attorney was legitimately validated by the relevant government agency, not fabricated.
“Parkar was involved in the Malik case. Parkar’s business was to arbitrate real estate disputes and profit from them. She entered Goawala Compound to settle the dispute, and according to her own son’s declaration, she was the rightful owner of the property. The 1993 Mumbai bombing suspect Sardar Shahwali Khan made a statement. Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of Dawood Ibrahim, and Chota Shakeel’s brother-in-law both presented [similar] claims in support of her ownership of the property. These are significant pieces of proof. Sardar Khan, an eyewitness, had mentioned Nawab Malik’s meeting with Parkar and handing her money in his statement, Singh added.