2 months after Nawab Malik’s arrest, 5,000-page charge sheet filed

The special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases will take cognizance of the charge sheet after verification of the documents

Staff Reporter AgenciesUpdated: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:46 PM IST
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Nawab Malik | PTI

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate submitted a charge sheet in the court against Nawab Malik in a money-laundering case linked to Dawood Ibrahim, on Thursday, nearly two months after arresting him in the matter. Malik, 62, a senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, was arrested by the ED on February 23 in the case, and is currently in jail under judicial custody.

The over-5,000-page charge sheet was submitted to the court’s registry, ED lawyers said. The special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) cases will take cognizance of the charge sheet after verification of the documents. The ED’s case is based on an FIR filed recently by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Dawood Ibrahim, a designated global terrorist and key 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts accused, and his aides, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Earlier, during remand hearings, the Central financial investigation agency had told the court that Malik was the key conspirator and beneficiary of the ‘entire charade’. In lieu of getting control of this property, he had funded a prominent member of the ‘D gang’ (Dawood gang), the ED had said. It has claimed that for usurping “this property, members of the D-Gang and Nawab Malik connived together and executed several legal documents to put a facade of genuinity over this criminal act”.

During his custodial interrogation, a previously arrested accused, Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of Dawood Ibrahim, had revealed certain facts about his sister Haseena Parkar and her involvement in usurping high-value properties of innocent citizens in Mumbai by using the clout of D gang, the ED had said. In the course of the investigation, it was revealed that one such victim of the D gang was one Munira Plumber, the agency had said.

Plumber’s prime property (with a current market value of Rs 300 crore) was usurped by Malik through Solidus Investments, a company owned by his family, with the active connivance of members of the D gang, including Haseena Parkar, the ED had told the court.

In her statement to the ED, Plumber has said she had not sold this property to Malik, the agency said. It is also apparent that Malik is guilty of the offence of money laundering as defined under provisions of the PMLA, the agency has said.

Malik, who has denied all charges levelled against him, has moved the Supreme Court against an order of the Bombay high court, which had rejected his interim application seeking immediate release from jail.

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