Property tycoon faces perjury charge

ISLAMABAD, Dec 28: An additional sessions judge, Islamabad on Friday admitted a petition, seeking criminal case against property tycoon Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz and police officials for allegedly implicating the petitioner in a murder case.

Judge Wajid Ali, on the petition filed by Dr Shafiqur Rehman, owner of Allied Developers, a private construction company, issued notices to Malik Riaz, his son Ali Riaz, two inspectors of Islamabad police, Ahmed Kamal and Younis Gujjar, and directed them to submit their reply by January 8.

According to the petition, a Bahria Town security guard, Fayyaz, was murdered on August 14, 2008 in a clash with the security staff of a private housing scheme, Eden Garden.

Besides nominating the original culprits, Malik Riaz decided to implicate his business rivals in the murder case to blackmail them into surrendering their land to him.

Initially, the petition said, BT’s security supervisor Shaukat Ali got an FIR registered against 13 employees of Eden Garden as well as 70 unknown people on August 14, 2008 accusing them of murdering the security guard.

The petition alleged that after one year of the murder of the security guard, Malik Riaz met Dr Shafiq and suggested him to surrender 900 kanals located adjacent to Bahria Town phase I to VII near G.T. Road, Rawalpindi. But Dr Shafiq refused.

The petition said Malik Riaz had lost the land to the petitioner in a civil litigation in 2008.

At this, the complainant Shaukat Ali in connivance with the police officials included the name of Dr Shafiq in a supplementary challan of the Fayyaz murder case in September 2009.

According to the petition, the BT supervisor allegedly nominated at least nine other rival land owners in the murder case, but when they agreed to sell their land on cheaper rates to Malik Riaz, the BT staff withdrew their names from the FIR.

Shafiq was later acquitted by a court after a couple of months but his release was not accepted by Raja Riasat, father of the deceased Fayyaz, who got an advertisement published in the newspapers raising objection over the acquittal.

At this, the Supreme Court, on a suo motu notice, summoned Dr Shafiq and other parties concerned to the court.

After hearing their point of views, the apex court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the matter.

The FIA in its report recommended action against the police officials for showing negligence.

But Javed Akbar Shah, counsel for Dr Shafiq, adopted before the court that the FIA in its inquiry report did not include the names of real characters behind this episode.

He said that the police officials nominated his client as well as other rivals of property tycoon on the directions of Malik Riaz but the investigation agency let the bigwigs go scot-free.

He alleged that Malik Riaz during the trial of Fayyaz, tried to use the court as tool against his rivals and upon his directions the police produced false and fabricated evidence in the court.

According to him, the court under Section 476 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) can initiate proceedings against the tycoon and his accomplices for perjury and providing false information to the court.