ISLAMABAD: While granting a day’s immunity to real estate magnate Malik Riaz in the contempt case against him, the Supreme Court denied giving him further immunity and directed him to appear in the court on September 17, Express News reported Wednesday.
A two-member bench, comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Ijaz chaudhry began hearing the case in which Riaz remained absent. Riaz’s counsel Dr Basit told the court that his client had filed an application seeking time to go abroad for medical treatment.
However, a petitioner named Ashraf Gujjar said that the treatment could be done in Pakistan, as well.
Justice Khan in his remarks said that it was an individual’s constitutional right to get the treatment of his choice.
The Supreme Court directed Attorney General Irfan Qadir and the petitioners to gather evidence and present witnesses.
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.
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