Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik was taken to Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Mumbai on Wednesday morning for questioning in a money laundering probe. The central probe agency’s officials reached the NCP leader’s home at 6 am where he was questioned for an hour. He was then brought to the ED office at 7:30 am and is being questioned there since 8:30 am.
Malik has been summoned by the ED in connection with a money laundering case linked to the activities of the Mumbai underworld.
“Today morning the ED had come to Nawab Malik’s residence. They accompanied him in his vehicle to the ED office. Advocate Amir Malik, Malik’s son has accompanied him,” stated the Office of Malik.
Today morning the ED had come to @nawabmalikncp saheb's residence. They accompanied saheb in his vehicle to the ED office. Advocate Amir Malik, Saheb's son has accompanied saheb along with.
— Office of Nawab Malik (@OfficeofNM) February 23, 2022
The ED team had arrived at the residence of the NCP leader earlier this morning and took him along with them to their office later. The agency is recording Malik’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials told sources.
The development comes days after the ED registered a new case and conducted raids on February 15 in Mumbai in connection with the operations of the underworld, linked alleged illegal property deals and hawala transactions.
The searches were carried out at 10 locations, including premises linked to 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s late sister Haseena Parkar, brother Iqbal Kaskar and Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit, brother-in-law of gangster Chhota Shakeel.
Kaskar, who was already in jail, has been arrested by the agency last week. The ED also interrogated Parkar’s son in the case and inquired him about benami properties of his Pakistan-based uncle and his investments.