Nawab Malik is an Indian politician who is the National Spokesperson and Mumbai President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). In February 2022, Malik made headlines when he was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for an alleged money laundering case.Hailing from Dhuswa, a village close to the India-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh, Nawab Maliks parents relocated to Mumbai for better career opportunities in 1970.His father, initially a ragpicker in Mumbais notorious neighbourhood Dongri, later ventured into the scrap business with the help of Malik, which flourished over time.He actively took part in social reforming activities since his college days.In 1979, Malik was drawn toward politics after participating in a protest against a fee hike by the University of Mumbai. His participation in the protest became a turning point in his life, leading him to pursue a career in activism and politics.He ventured into politics via Yuva Congress, the youth wing of the Indian National Congress (INC) party. He worked with INC under the leadership of Indian politician Sanjay Gandhi.After Sanjay Gandhis demise in 1980, his widow, Maneka Gandhi, founded a political party called Sanjay Vichar Manch. In the 1984 Indian General elections, Malik contested the elections for the first time from the Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency seat as a candidate of the Sanjay Vichar Manch (SMV). In the elections, Malik lost the polls securing less than 3,000 votes. The seat was won by Congress candidate Gurudas Kamat by a margin of 96,274.A year later, a bypoll was declared on the Nehrunagar Assembly seat after the Supreme Court set aside Suryakant Mahadiks election. In the 1996 Nehrunagar by-election, Malik contest the seat as a Samajwadi Party candidate and got elected as an MLA for the first time.In the 1999 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, Nawab Malik contested and won the Nehrunagar Assembly seat as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party, defeating Shiv Sena candidate Manohar Salvi by a margin of 18458 votes. In the elections, he was one of only two SP winners across Maharashtra. In Assembly polls, Samajwadi Party decided to become a part of the coalition government led by Congress and NCP. Samajwadi Party became a part of the coalition government led by Congress and NCP after the assembly polls in which Malik was appointed as a minister of state.In February 2005, he had to resign from the post as he was indicted for corrupt practices. Three years later, he resumed his position as Minister of Labour.