ED files over 5,000 pages charge sheet against Nawab Malik in money laundering case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday submitted a voluminous charge sheet of over 5,000 pages against Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik, in an alleged money-laundering case arising out of a tainted 20-year-old land deal having mafia links.
The ED nabbed him following an FIR filed by the National Investigation Agency against the fugitive don, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, and others under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik was arrested on February 23 by ED sleuths from his Mumbai home and currently is in judicial custody for nearly 60 days now.
The charge sheet has been submitted to the Special PMLA Court registry and after scrutiny of the documents, the court will take cognizance. The alleged money-laundering case involved the Goawala Compound in Kurla, which was allegedly usurped by Malik with help from the mafia, according to the ED.
Thursday’s development came barely eight days after the ED provisionally attached 5 properties belonging to the Malik family in Mumbai and other parts of the state.
They included the Goawala Compound, a commercial unit and three flats in Kurla, two flats in Bandra, 148 acres of agricultural lands in Osmanabad, and others. The ED has charged Malik with involvement in a criminal conspiracy allegedly hatched to grab the Kurla land belonging to Munira Plumber at a throwaway rate, through his company Solidus Investments Pvt. Ltd, using forged papers with connivance of Dawood’s gangsters.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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