Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Thursday gave seven more days to Mali Riaz, the real estate tycoon and main character behind Arsalan Iftikhar graft case, to hire his counsel in the contempt of court case.
A three-member special bench of the apex court comprising Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Amir Hani Muslim was hearing the case.
During the hearing, Malik Riaz sought more time to hire lawyer to fight his case in the apex court and said that no lawyer was ready to fight his case.
Justice Shakirullah Jan remaked that they had already given 7 days to Riaz, adding that one more could be given to him.
Riaz said that he had not given any statement on media after the apex court order. “Give me punishment if I found guilty,” he added.
A lawyer, sitting in the court room, suggested the court during the proceeding that Malik Riaz should be provided a government lawyer to fight the case.
The lawyer also refused to fight Riaz’s case when the judges asked him to fight his case for Rs100,000.
On last Thursday, the SC gave Malik Riaz seven days to hire his counsel after issuing a show cause notice on Wednesday.
The SC had also rejected the plea to put Malik Riaz’s name on the exit control list (ECL) saying there is no need as he came from London on the court’s directive.
The court asked Riaz to not ask for more time for counsel’s preparation after seven days.