February 6, 2023

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik appears before ED in money laundering case | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Minister of minority development of Maharashtra and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, Nawab Malik, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday morning to record his statement in a money laundering case linked to fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
The ED summoned Malik in the case after recording statements of several others.
On Monday, the ED had questioned late Haseena Parkar’s son Alishah Parkar in the case and inquired him about benami properties of his Pakistan-based uncle Dawood Ibrahim and his investments.
Sources said that Alishah was also inquired if he was helping Dawood in generating money through his criminal activities.
Earlier Alishah’s mother Haseena Parkar was booked by the Mumbai Police in an extortion case where she had allegedly threatened a builder. She used her brother Dawood’s name to earn a settlement commission. She died in 2014 due to a heart attack.
Last week, the ED arrested Iqbal Kaskar in the money-laundering case alleging that he was helping his brother, Dawood Ibrahim, for extortion and was receiving money from him regularly.
The ED took Kaskar from Thane jail, where he has been lodged since 2017 in an extortion case, and produced him before a special court seeking his custody for interrogation. The court remanded Kaskar into ED custody till February 24.
The ED claimed that after his deportation to India in 2003, Kaskar had started extorting money from builders and celebrities. It is alleged that Kaskar was using his henchmen to threaten his victims and “collected money on behalf of Dawood”.
Sources said they were calling Dawood’s close relatives who were in his regular contact and reportedly helping them in his illegal business activities.
The ED is probing those who are allegedly helping Dawood in generating illegal money and laundering it through their hawala channels.
Sources said key sources of Dawood gang income were illegal betting and real estate investments which his associates sent Dubai via hawala channel.
Earlier, the ED had questioned Chhota Shakeel’s brother-in-law Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit after raiding his premises, along with five other places in the case.
The NCP expressed surprise over the ED action.
“The ED officials picked up the state minister from home around 6am without giving any notice,” it said.

Clyde Crasto, spokesperson of the party in a tweet said, ”This action on Mr Nawab Malik is nothing but pressure tactics to silence his voice. He was exposing the wrongdoings of some people as a chief spokesperson of a political party. Voices of truth cannot be silenced.”

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