MUMBAI: The ED on Wednesday questioned Maharashtra’s Minority Affairs Minister, Nawab Malik, in a money laundering probe linked to the activities of Mumbai underworld fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim and his aides, said officials said.
The 62-year-old NCP leader reportedly arrived at the office of the Directorate of Law Enforcement in the Ballard Estate area of South Mumbai at around 8 a.m. and the agency records his statement as under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they added.
Malik’s alleged ties to certain real estate transactions would be under the radar of the federal investigative agency and therefore his questioning was necessary.
The Minister had been in the headlines in recent months after making a number of allegations of personal and service-related wrongdoing against former Mumbai NCB Area Manager Sameer Wankhede.
The charges came shortly after the NCB raided a cruise ship in October last year and arrested 20 people, including actor Shah Rukh Khan’s Aryan Khan.
Malik’s son-in-law, Sameer Khan, was also arrested last year in a drug case by the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Mumbai unit.
This action by ED comes after a new case was registered and raids carried out by it on February 15 in Mumbai in connection with underworld operations, Ibrahim’s aides, linked illegal real estate transactions alleged and hawala transactions.
The searches were carried out at 10 locations including premises linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Dawood Ibrahim’s late sister Haseena Parkar, her brother Iqbal Kaskar and Salim Qureshi aka Salim Fruit, brother-in-law of mobster Chhota Shakeel.
Kaskar, who was already in prison, was arrested by the agency last week.
He also interviewed Salim Qureshi and Parkar’s son.