Nationalist Congress Party leader Nawab Malik shall have to remain in jail as the Bombay High Court refuses urgent hearing on his bail plea on Tuesday. The High court fixed January 6 for hearing on his petition in money laundering case.
The court has directed the Enforcement Directorate to file a report concerning the health of the former Maharashtra minister within two weeks.
Nawab’s bail plea was filed on December 12 after a special court denied his bail application on November 30.
Appearing for Nawab Malik Senior advocate Amit Desai urged a single-judge bench of Justice Makarand S Karnik to grant urgent hearing in the case.
The indulgence was given only for medical reasons and he would have heard it if treatment was not available to the applicant, the court said
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh who appeared for ED told the court that Malik had been admitted to a private hospital and was receiving treatment since May, this year.
Then court told to Malik’s advocate that “You (Malik) are in a private hospital. I cannot hear this even for a second (at present stage). There are other pleas pending before me. Even if you are discharged (from hospital) still you have to satisfy the court that there is no treatment available, only then the court will hear you, the court added
Malik was arrested in February by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case registered over a property called Goawala compound in Kurla, linked to fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.