Malik Riaz gets lawyer to fight contempt case

ISLAMABAD: Malik Riaz Hussain, a business tycoon, has engaged Dr Abdul Basit to contest his contempt of court caseafter he allegedly ridiculed the judiciary.

Sources told that Dr Basit would defend Malik Riaz in the Supreme Court (SC) on June 28. On June 21, the SC had given the tycoon seven days to engage a lawyer of his choice in the case.

Dr Basit is known as an outspoken lawyer and has already appeared in the PCO judges’ contempt case. The counsel is also defending NRO beneficiaries such as Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and Adnan A Khawaja.

Malik Riaz is facing contempt charges over a press conference wherein he scandalised and ridiculed the judiciary on the issue of Arsalan Iftikhar, son of the chief justice. On June 21, Malik Riaz had stated in the court that he could not arrange any lawyer to represent him in the case and, therefore, requested the court to grant him 10 days to engage a lawyer.

He said that due to the resolutions passed by Rawalpindi and Islamabad district bar associations, no one was willing to represent him in the case.