SC adjourns Malik Riaz contempt case till July 4

ISLAMABAD: While rejecting Business tycoon Malik Riaz’s plea for exempting him from being present in the court, the Supreme Court (SC) has adjourned the proceedings of contempt of court case against him (Malik) till July 04.

The real estate magnate has engaged senior advocate Dr Abdul Basit to contest his contempt of court case in the Supreme Court.

The three-member bench comprising Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Amir Hani Muslim resumed hearing of the contempt case against Malik Riaz here on Thursday.

During the course of hearing, his lawyer requested the court to give him some time to study the case as he accepted the case a day ago.

He further added that my client, despite of ill health, has always been present in the court, so he should be exempted from being present in the court, however the court rejected his client plea.

Justice Shakirullah said that even after the requests of petitioners Riaz’s name was not included in the Exit Control List (ECL).

Riaz’s counsel also said that he should be aware of who the prosecutor is, however, Justice Shakirullah said that the appointment of the prosecutor remains at state’s discretion.

Moreover, Abdul Basit requested the court to allow his client to travel abroad for his treatment and provide him with sufficient security.

On which the petitioner Ashraf Gujjar said that Riaz already has enough security, pleading that his press conference should also be made part of the evidence against him.

Later, the SC adjourned the contempt of court hearing against Malik Riaz until July 4.

During previous two hearings, Malik Riaz took the stance that no lawyer was ready to take his case upon which the court had granted him time till today to engage a counsel.

It is pertinent to mention here that 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.