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Contempt case: SC directs Malik Riaz to submit his unconditional written apology in two weeks

The court isn't accepting his request for a 12-week adjournment

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 7, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Feb 7, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

The court isn't accepting his request for a 12-week adjournment

Bahria Town head Malik Riaz tendered on Thursday an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court in the contempt case against him. However, the court has told him to submit it in writing in two weeks.

During the hearing on Thursday, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa asked when Riaz would be available to appear before the court.

He is facing contempt charges for accusing former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, of financial wrongdoings during a press conference in 2012.

However the real estate tycoon is currently abroad seeking medical treatment. His lawyer had approached the court on Wednesday for a 12-week adjournment as his client was not in the country.

Justice Khosa said having the suspect present in court during the hearings of a contempt of court case is necessary. If he is in Pakistan, he will need to come to court, he said.

Related: Malik Riaz wants the Supreme Court to hear the contempt case against him after 12 weeks

His lawyer, Dr A Basit, said Riaz is in London seeking medical treatment. Doctors say it will take six to eight weeks to treat him, he informed the court. The lawyer repeated his earlier request for a 12-week adjournment and said Riaz will appear himself after his treatment is completed.

He also said that Riaz doesn’t want to spend his life with this case hanging over his head. He wants to tender an unconditional apology.

However, Justice Khosa said the court is not welcoming adjournment motions. There are only two ways you would get an adjournment in this case, said the top judge. Either the lawyer dies or the judge does, he said.

The court ordered the lawyer to submit the written apology, which the court would then examine.

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  1. Hadi Murad  February 8, 2019 6:36 pm/ Reply

    Bahria town management’s should be bound to refund of all those peoples who biught plots in Karachi bahria as the disputed land is still in court

  2. Anonymous  February 8, 2019 10:57 pm/ Reply

    Mr Riaz Malik has fraudulently and illegally acquired the land for behria towns all over the country. He should be taken to task and bound to surrender the illegally acquired land to the government of Pakistan.

  3. Mansoor  February 9, 2019 12:11 pm/ Reply

    All the officials should be brougjt into the court who helped out bahria town to purchase illegal land
    Malik sb can’t do all these activity alone unless he is supported by the officials of the relevant deptt

    By giving punishment only to Malik sb will not solve the issue

  4. Fahad Adnan  February 9, 2019 3:01 pm/ Reply

    Malik Riaz is a state criminal, he grabbed state Land. It’s basically a team of Land mafia , includes govt top officials, Land grabbers , so called gansters, Lawyers etc etc. Since our beloved judiciary is also corrupt, and their bread and butter is based on criminals bribe. Pakistan building new mafia of Land grabbers, interested to become Malik Riaz.

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