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Nawab Malik authorized home food, medicine and the presence of a lawyer during the interrogation

The special court on Thursday allowed the plea of ​​Maharashtra’s Minority Affairs Minister, Nawab Malik, requesting food and medicine from his home while he was in the custody of the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Special Judge RN Rokade also granted his request for his lawyer to be present during the interrogation at a visible distance but out of hearing range.

Malik was arrested by ED on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering investigation linked to fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim and associates.

While Malik was taken into ED custody until March 3 on Wednesday, he filed requests for permission for home food, medication and the presence of an attorney during questioning.

On Thursday, the court said Malik was allowed to carry medicine with him. Those in charge of the emergency are responsible for providing the necessary medication to the accused according to his needs.

The court also ordered ED officials to allow Malik to consume home-cooked food that may be made available by his family members while in police custody.

Accepting his plea, the court said, “Lawyer Bhumika Gada is permitted to remain present during the questioning of the defendant at a visible distance.”

The lawyer must be seated at an inaudible distance, but within sight. “She must not make any consultation with the defendant during the interrogation, the court said, adding that the lawyer should not interfere in the investigation in any way,” the court added.

Malik was arrested on February 23 after being questioned by the ED for more than five hours.

His statement was filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and was terminated for being evasive in his responses, ED claimed.

The ED had filed a complaint following an FIR recently filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against fugitive mobster Dawood Ibrahim and others. The NIA had filed its criminal complaint under the sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

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Published on: Friday, February 25, 2022, 06:00 IST