NCP leader and minister Nawab Malik had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against his arrest by the ED. In this petition, he had called the action taken by the ED wrong and his arrest illegal. Today this petition was heard in the court. After hearing both the sides, the court has said to deliver the verdict on March 15 at 10.30 am, keeping the verdict safe. Significantly, in this petition, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought quashing of his arrest, claiming that it is a violation of his fundamental right to life and liberty.
Senior advocate Amit Desai, appearing for Malik, told the court that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was trying to link the minister to the gangster Dawood Ibrahim and fugitive cases, even though his client had nothing to do with him.  ;
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However, Desai told the court that the ED itself admitted in its affidavit that it was undecided on the issue of retrospective application of the law. Desai said, “They (ED) themselves are confused on the issue whether the law is retrospectively applicable or not, then the liberty of an individual cannot be taken away (unless the Supreme Court decides those questions). ” The court will hear arguments on these issues even today.