Big setback to Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh, the court gave this verdict

Mumbai: Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik and former minister Anil Deshmukh have received a setback from the court. A Mumbai court has rejected the plea of ​​both the leaders, in which they had sought bail for one day to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections on June 10. The court had on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail applications. Due to the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed the applications of Deshmukh and Malik, saying that prisoners have no voting rights under the Representation of the People Act.

Both senior NCP leaders Deshmukh and Malik are currently in jail in different money laundering cases. Both had applied for temporary bail before Special Justice RN Rokade last week. On Wednesday, all the parties completed their arguments in favor and against this bail application.

The Enforcement Directorate had said that the bail application deserves to be rejected. Deshmukh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in November 2021. "The applicant (Deshmukh), being a sitting MLA, is a member of the electoral college for the election of a member of the Rajya Sabha. The applicant is willing to exercise his franchise and cast his vote." The Enforcement Directorate had told the special court that Deshmukh is the main culprit in the money laundering case registered against him and is currently in judicial custody after his arrest in November. "Moreover, it is observed that under the Representation of the People Act, prisoners do not have the right to vote," it said.

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