The Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed to a special court here on Wednesday that there was no question about the guilt of former Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, who had been detained in a money laundering case.

According to reports, Malik was dealing with Hasina Parkar, the sister of wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. While arguing against Malik’s bail request and requesting its denial, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, who was representing the ED, made this comment.

The 63-year-old Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was detained on February 23 by the ED in accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with an investigation into the actions of Ibrahim and his associates. He is currently being held in judicial custody and is being held in jail.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed an FIR (first information report) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), an anti-terror law, against Ibrahim, a designated global terrorist and a key suspect in the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings, and his associates.

Malik has requested bail for a number of reasons, including the claim that there is no predicate (or scheduled) offense that would allow the prosecution of him for money laundering. The crime that results in the “proceeds of crime,” which are then laundered, is referred to as a predicate offense under the PMLA.

In response to the allegation, the ASG argued before the special PMLA court that the NIA’s case against Ibrahim and his close friends was a predicate offense.

According to the anti-money laundering organization, Malik had allegedly hijacked a property at Goawala Compound in the Kurla area actively working with Parkar and other D-gang (Dawood Ibrahim gang) members.

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