SC rejects Riazís exemption plea in contempt case
A division bench of apex court comprising of Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Ijaz Chaudhry heard the contempt case against Malik Riaz on Wednesday.
During the course of hearing Malik Riazís attorney made a plea for calling Arsalan Iftikhar as a witness. Malik Riaz didnít appear in the court and his lawyer Dr Basit informed the court that his client was sick, while a medical certificate was also submitted for seeking his exemption from appearance. One petitioner lawyer Ashraf Gujar objecting to it said that Malik Riazís said ailment was not so serious that he has to go abroad for treatment.
Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that this was the right of the patient to get treatment from wherever he wanted. The court allowed one-day exemption.
Dr Basit said that the role of the petitioners in this case has ended, as prosecution work now rests with the Attorney General and sought Malik Riazís exemption until the decision of the case, which the court didnít approve. Dr. Basit further pointed out that the prosecution has still not submitted the list of witnesses and evidences. Attorney General Irfan Quadir told the court that he would submit the list of witnesses and evidences within three days. Dr Basit said that Arsalan Iftikhar was the ĎGhanta Gharí of Faisalabad in this case and added that call him for 15 minutes interrogation, the case would be decided as to whether he took the money or not.
The court told him that it was the duty of the prosecution to present the witness and asked him (Dr Basit) not to interfere in this matter.
On this occasion petitioner Ashraf said that Arslan Iftikhar has nothing to do with this case. The court permitted the petitioners and Attorney General to present evidences and witnesses in the case.óSANA