Supreme Court (SC) has decided to indict real estate tycoon Malik Riaz in contempt case on July 16 (Monday).
Appointing the Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir as a prosecutor in the case, the bench issued him notice and held that in case of his absence, deputy Attorney General will appear before the bench.
Malik Riaz apparently committed the contempt of court; hence, charge will be framed against him on July 16, the bench asserted.
Forbidding Riaz’s counsel Dr. Abdul Basit to proceed further, Justice Jan directed him to submit an application to the court, clearly mentioning what kind of exemption his client seeks in the case.
Basit pleaded his client came to Pakistan for the hearing despite the fact that his medical treatment was underway abroad; hence, he should be allowed to go back, adding medical check-up is conducted before even court martial.
Responding t this, Justice Jan remarked this is court, nothing sort of court martial.
Basit submitted his counsel should be exempted from the court appearance or the hearing be adjourned for at least two weeks.
Directing him to formally tender his application for the purpose, Justice Shakirullah Jan observed the decision will be made after Malik is charged.
It should be mentioned here that Riaz previously tendered an unconditional apology for his press conference in which, with a pocket-sized copy of the Holy Quran in his hand, he leveled serious charges against the judiciary particularly Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, on sub judice issue, and in defiance of an apex court order to speak to the media.