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Property tycoon Malik Riaz to face contempt of court case next week

ISLAMABAD: The property tycoon Malik Riaz, who is already in hot waters, will be facing contempt of court case next week in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will resume contempt of court proceedings against property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain on Thursday for hurling allegations some six year ago against then chief justice Iftikhar Chauhdry.

The SC Registrar Office had fixed the six years old case against the property tycoon for hearing before a three-judge SC bench. The bench is comprising Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.

The Supreme Court started the contempt of court case against Malik Riaz on June 13, 2012 by a three-judge bench comprising former judges namely Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Amir Hani Muslim.

The bench had issued him a show-cause notice for hurling allegations against the then CJP at a press conference.

Mr Riaz had raised three questions while addressing the press conference for then CJP Chaudhry to answer against the backdrop of alleged financial wrongdoings by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. The property tycoon accused the then chief justice of holding late-night secret meetings.

On Aug 9, 2012, the bench had formally indicted Riaz for committing contempt of court and the apex court asked then attorney general Irfan Qadir to prosecute him.