ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has rejected Arsalan Iftikhar’s plea to issue restraining order regarding the NAB’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is probing the matter about the business deal between Malik Riaz Hussain and him attempting to influence the judicial process, till the court’s final decision on his review petition.A two-member bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard a review petition filed by the counsel for son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry against the court’s June 14 order regarding an alleged deal between Malik Riaz and Arsalan in an attempt to influence the judicial process.Sardar Ishaq, the counsel for Arsalan, requested the bench to restrain the JIT from probing the matter till the decision on his review petition, but the court declined his plea.During the hearing, the court also asked NAB Prosecutor General (PG) KK Agha to interrogate Salman Ali Khan, son-in-law of Malik Riaz, in the case, as it seemed that the investigators were missing the main link. Upon this, the PG replied that the JIT had already summoned him and he would appear before the team next week.Zahid Bokhari, the counsel for Malik Riaz, objected to the court’s verbal direction to the PG and said the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to interfere in the investigation. “Keep it in your mind that it is review petition. The court has some limitations in this case, which should be followed,” Bokhari asked the bench.At this point, Justice Khawaja ensured him that everything would be done in accordance with law.During the hearing, Agha complained to the bench regarding its registrar’s refusal to appear before the JIT in the case and said it was a serious matter that the Supreme Court registrar was considering himself above the law and claiming special privileges being a Grade-22 officer.However, the court, while expressing concern over the procedure regarding issuance of notice to the registrar, said the NAB’s team should inform about the purpose regarding his appearance.Justice Jawwad said the registrar could be summoned on his personal capacity, but he must know that why the NAB summoning him. He said the NAB’s team might issue another notice to the registrar with full particular information, which they wanted to seek from him.“I am firm believer of transparency and openness as we (judges) are also not above the law,” he added. The court, taking notice of a news item in weekly magazine regarding the SC registrar, sought replies from owner of the magazine Mohsin Beg and Rao Samar.Later, the hearing was adjourned till Tuesday next week.