Prime News, National (Mumbai), March 15:- The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed the habeas corpus plea filed by Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik, challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.
Malik, the minority development minister and NCP’s chief spokesperson, was arrested by the ED on February 23 in a money-laundering probe linked to the activities of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.
The minister was initially sent to the ED’s custody and subsequently remanded in judicial custody.
Malik’s lawyer, senior advocate Amit Desai, had earlier told the high court that the minister’s arrest and the subsequent remands were illegal, and had sought that the arrest be quashed and set aside and as an interim relief, he be released from custody immediately.
Counsels for the ED, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and advocate Hiten Venegaokar, had informed the court that Malik had been arrested following due procedure and that his remand order issued by a special PMLA court appropriated valid reasons for remanding him to the ED’s custody and then to judicial custody. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).