Supreme Court grants interim bail to NCP MLA Nawab Malik on medical grounds. NCP welcomes the decision, acknowledging his role as a prominent voice. Malik’s legal battle and potential political choices lie ahead.
Supreme Court Grants Interim Bail to NCP’s Nawab Malik:
A relief for Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Nawab Malik as the Supreme Court approves his two months’ interim bail on medical grounds.
NCP’s Joyful Reception:
NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, warmly embraces the court’s decision, hailing Nawab Malik’s role as the party’s strong and vocal representative.
Party’s Enthusiastic Anticipation:
Mahesh Tapase, the NCP spokesperson, expresses eagerness for Malik’s return, recognizing his significant contributions to the party’s discourse.
Medical Grounds Lead to Bail:
The apex court grants Nawab Malik’s interim bail based on his medical condition. The Bombay High Court had previously denied the request, citing his access to medical care and monitoring.
A History of Legal Battle:
Malik’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, linked to the Goawala compound property allegedly tied to Dawood Ibrahim, led to his judicial custody since March 2022.
Hospitalized While in Custody:
Admitted at Criticare Hospital, Kurla since May last year, Malik has been under medical care during his time in custody.
Future Choices Await Nawab Malik:
With his impending release, Nawab Malik, a vocal critic of the BJP, faces a decision between staying with NCP’s Sharad Pawar as an Opposition MLA or aligning with his nephew Ajit in the government, a Deputy Chief Minister under the BJP-led ruling coalition.