The alleged corruption case of Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, took a new twist when Zahid Bokhari, counsel for real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, claimed that his client didn’t give any interview to media.
While speaking to the media, Zahid Bokhari said that his client telephoned him to inform that he hadn’t talked to any media person, TV channel, or any newspaper.
The counsel while quoting his client observed, “Malik Riaz is ill and would record his detailed statement before the court as soon as the doctors give him permission to do so. I submit to the order of the court and will adhere to it”.
He reiterated that Malik Riaz refuted all the statements released by the journalists, saying his client would soon submit his reply with the court.
Last week, some TV anchors and journalists had claimed to have met Malik Riaz and seen the documentary evidence involving Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Dr Arsalan for having taken huge financial benefits from the real estate tycoon, who, they also claimed, had lost his patience when his cases pending with the Supreme Court had not been settled, prompting him to make this explosive disclosure in frustration.
Those journalists also said the business tycoon had also shown his evidences to Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, who, according to them, was in shocked to see it and cried.
Dr Arsalan dismissed the allegations saying that he hadn’t received favor from Malik Riaz. However, the million-dollar question is that as to how he established a huge business worth of Rs 400 million in just three to four years.
The rejection from real estate tycoon of the media reports and the interview attributed to him also suggests that if it was a conspiracy to trap the chief justice it appears to have backfired with the top judge taking a suo motu notice of the issue before it could have been blown out of proportion.
Questions are also being raised about Zahid Bokhari, who was also the counsel of Husain Haqqani in the memo case, for being engaged by Malik Riaz, again a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari.