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Nagpur: A special PMLA court in Mumbai on Thursday extended Enforcement directorate custody of senior NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik till March 7.

The court in a statement said, “Considering that the accused was admitted in hospital from February 25 to 28 and the investigating officer was unable to record his statement, further considering the fresh facts brought on record custody extended till March 7.”

Malik was arrested on February 23 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with Dawood Ibrahim’s money laundering case.

The probe team reached the NCP leader’s home at 6 am and was then brought to the ED office at 7:30 am. He was being questioned in the office from 8:30 am and was arrested at 3 pm. The 62-year-old minister has been summoned in connection with an underworld money laundering case linked to gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his aides as per PTI.

The development was confirmed by Malik’s office on his twitter handle. “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,” the tweet read.

Soon after Malik appeared before the ED, NCP workers staged a protest near the party headquarters which is located near the ED headquarters. Party spokesperson Sanjay Tatkare said, “The protest is against the unjust questioning of Nawab Malik as he was exposing the BJP+NCB+CBI+ED nexus on a daily basis. We will not be cowed down. NCP will keep exposing BJP and all central agencies.”

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut while addressing the media today said the way Malik was taken from his home by ED is a challenge to the Maharashtra government. He added, “A minister is taken away by central agencies by coming to our state. After 2024, you all will be probed too. Keep this in mind.”

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