The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday sought 14-day custody of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik in connection with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim money laundering case.
He was arrested today by Enforcement Directorate.
According to 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.
Earlier this morning, Malik arrived at the Enforcement Directorate office and the agency recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Shiv Sena spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut, however, told reporters that Malik was taken away by the ED from his home. The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress are constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi — the ruling alliance in Maharashtra. It is led by Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray.
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.
The ED case is based on an FIR filed recently by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Ibrahim and others apart from its independent intelligence. The NIA had filed its criminal complaint under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
(With inputs from ANI)