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Arsalan denies any ties with Malik Riaz, his family

10 June, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry's son Arsalan Iftikhar has strongly rejected his relationship, intimacy or acquaintance with property tycoon Malik Riaz, his daughter or son-in-law.

Submitting a concise statement in a suo motu case regarding a business deal with the property tycoon, Arsalan said, "I have never met with any one of them in relation to any business deal or for any other purpose in Pakistan or outside Pakistan. Therefore, baseless, frivolous and unfounded allegations have been levelled to spread in electronic and print media in absence of any cogent and logical evidence acceptable under the law of evidence so the said allegations are strongly denied."

In the five-page reply, Arsalan said that Malik Riaz was liable to be dealt strictly in accordance with law and the property tycoon should be imprisoned for dragging him in the court and also maligning the judiciary.

"If he had made investments, allegedly for favouring me to achieve illegal motives he owe an explanation to the court and considering the golden principles of jurisprudence, the person who has committed a wrong is not legally entitled to claim benefits of the same, rather on account of admission of such wrongs. He deserves to be punished severely," he also mentioned.

The CJP's son also said, "Statements of anchors brought on court record are nothing but hearsay."

"No finding can be based according to the rule of evidence of the alleged material. Therefore, same may be discarded straight away being inadmissible having absolutely no value, as same is entirely based upon surmises and conjectures, above all it is the result of memories, which otherwise have no legal sanctions or sanctity attached for reading the same as evidence in the court," he added.

Arsalan said that he would furnish comprehensive reply if any cogent legal and admissible incriminating evidence were brought before the court against him.

He requested the court that the inadmissible material should not be used in any manner against him.

"I have not been confronted with any cogent evidence to substantiate any allegation against me. In this regard, however, initial burden lies upon Malik Riaz Hussain, who has alleged so, to prima facie establish the allegations/obligations along with explanations to the effect that, what was the motive or object behind all the exercise, which he wanted to achieve," he said further.

Arsalan said in 2009 he travelled on his own expenses, with his family to London and he rented a flat, adding that details were available with him.

"It is a matter of extreme pride and privilege for me that I am the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, whose integrity is beyond doubt and it, does not need any explanation, the world is witness to that," he also said.

SC turns down Malik Riaz's application for larger bench

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry on Saturday rejected Malik Riaz's application to form a larger bench to hear a suo motu case regarding a deal between Riaz and Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

Syed Zahid Hussain Bokhari, Riaz's counsel, filed the application under Order XI read with Order XXXIII Rule 6 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980. He said that the case was of immense importance and had a national-level implication as many important objections and issues were likely to arise during the hearing.

"It is in the supreme interest of justice that larger bench of court may be constituted for decision of suo motu case for doing real justice," he said.

On June 7, the CJP in his order noted, "Having gone of these proceedings and taking into consideration arguments so put forth by the learned attorney general and also considering the Islamic injunction the hearing of this case shall continue by this bench minus one of us (Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, CJ) and the case shall be fixed before the said bench after the conclusion of regular hearing listed before us today."

In addition to it the ground so urged in the application for constituting a larger bench itself does not disclose a reason to accede to the request because under Order XXV, Rule 2 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, a bench consisting of not less than two judges is empowered to hear the case dealing with all important questions of the constitution and the law.

The hearing was adjourned until June 11.

SC requested to bring back Malik Riaz

Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking issuance of a red warrant for Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz to bring him back to the country for appearance before the court in proceedings against Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

He moved the petition before the Lahore Registry of the apex court, stating that Malik Riaz had fled to Dubai after hatching a conspiracy against the chief justice of Pakistan's son. He said that Riaz had neither appeared before the court, nor given any statement against Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. He requested the court to issue the red warrant for Riaz.

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