ISLAMABAD: While hearing the contempt of court against business tycoon Malik Riaz on Friday, the Supreme Court announced that he will be indicted on July 16, 2012, Express News reported.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan, rejected Riaz’s plea seeking immunity for his non-appearance in the court and ruled that he is bound to appear in the hearings until the court directs him not to.
Justice Jan directed Riaz’s counsel, Dr Abdul Basit, to submit an application to the court, explaining what kind of exemption his client seeks in the case.
Dr Basit informed the court that his client had come to Pakistan for the last hearing while his medical treatment was underway. He further said that Riaz’s ailment is such that it “could not be revealed in the court.”
The court further said that it will continue hearing the case and issued notice to Attorney General Irfan Qadir.
The attorney general has been assigned as a prosecutor in the case.
Riaz had tendered an unconditional apology for his press conference in which, with a pocket-sized copy of the Holy Quran in his hand he had hurled serious, but contradictory charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, on an issue that is sub judice, and in defiance of an apex court order to speak to the media.
In his apology, he had said that his presser had given the court an impression that he was targeting Chief Chaudhry and his family.
He had claimed that in some of the meetings he had with the chief justice, the incumbent registrar of the Supreme Court and Dr Iftikhar, the chief justice’s son, were also present.