KARACHI: A judge of the Sindh High Court extended on Wednesday the pre-arrest bail of Malik Riaz, former CEO of Bahria Town housing scheme, for another two weeks. Malik Riaz is reported to be sick and undergoing treatment at the cardiac ward of Aga Khan Hospital.
Appearing before Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, his lawyer Shaukat Hayat submitted that Riaz had suffered a heart attack. He was eager to go to Islamabad and join the proceedings against him but at the moment, he was indisposed. The court allowed the request to extend interim bail period by another two weeks.
Malik Riaz was earlier admitted to protective bail for four weeks by Justice Farooq A Channa of the Sindh High Court on July 19 against a solvent surety of one million rupees.
The counsel for Malik Riaz submitted that his client was a law-abiding citizen who had always cooperated with the courts and had appeared in any case against him. He had been in Karachi for a few days and learnt that a non-bail able warrant of arrest has been issued against him by an anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi in a case of alleged land fraud. The applicant has been shown as one of the accused and fears arrest the moment he enters the Islamabad area, the counsel submitted, seeking protective bail for eight weeks.
Malik Riaz and his accomplices were booked by the Anti-Corruption Establishment in two FIRs on the charge of acquiring 1401 kanals of land near Rawat on fake and forged documents in 2009.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2012.