Mumbai: A special PMLA court denied permission for Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik and former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections on Friday.
Deshmukh’s lawyer has requested for a certified copy of the order at the earliest so as to enable them to approach the High Court on Thursday itself.
Objecting to the release of both, the Enforcement Directorate had argued that prisoners do not have voting rights under the Representation of Peoples Act.
Deshmukh, a sitting MLA from Katol in Nagpur, was arrested in December last year over charges of extortion and money laundering.
Nawab Malik, an MLA from Anushakti Nagar in Mumbai, was arrested in February this year in a money laundering case.
In Maharashtra, Rajya Sabha elections will be held for six seats. While Shiv Sena has fielded Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar, NCP has fielded Praful Patel and Congress Imran Pratapgarhi.
BJP has nominated Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik.
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