A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing the suo motu case against Malik Riaz for conducting a news conference maligning the judiciary, declined to put him on exit control list (ECL).
The bench headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan, granted seven-day time to Malik Riaz to take up the counsel to plead his case before the bench. The court also said the man who can come all the way from Britain to appear before the court, will not flee the proceedings.
It should be mentioned here that Malik Riaz appeared before the two-judge bench hearing Dr. Arsalan suo motu case on Tuesday, June 12.
Justice Shakirullah Jan said to Riaz that he is required to keep extending his cooperation to the bench, adding the court will give him seven-day period; but, this should not mean that his counsel should seek more time.
Malik Riaz has been directed to file his rejoinder in the next hearing. On this, he said he approached several lawyers including Aitezaz Ahsan, but with no success thus far.
The court lauded Bahria Town boss over his decorum before the bench. Malik Riaz also requested the court that he does not know English; accordingly, he needs correspondence in Urdu. The court adjourned the hearing till June 21.
Talking to media after the hearing, Malik Riaz maintained, “I said whatever I had to in the court. Now, I do not want to say anything on media.”
Replying to a query regarding his future participation in any talk show, the real estate tycoon Malik noted he will not utter a word against the judiciary in accordance with an undertaking given before the bench, adding, “Hence, I will not speak on the issue.
Malik Riaz Press Conference that prompted SC suo motu notice
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