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LHC rejects Malik Riaz’s plea to quash arrest warrant

July 24, 2012

Real estate tycoon Malik Riaz (C) waves to members of the media as he leaves after appearing before the Supreme Court in Islamabad, June 12, 2012. — Photo by Reuters

LAHORE: The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rejected property tycoon Malik Riaz's request pertaining to lack of confidence on a judge and to quash an arrest warrant against him, DawnNews reported.

A two-judge bench of the LHC's Rawalpindi bench heard Riaz's request pertaining to quashing an arrest warrant against him.

The request said that the judge of the anti-corruption court did not have the authority to issue arrest warrants and therefore the warrant should be quashed.

The bench rejected the request after which the warrant against the real estate tycoon remains valid.

Speaking to media representatives after the hearing, Riaz's counsel Dr Abdul Basit said that in light of the high court's ruling, the anti-corruption court did not have the authority to hear the case.

Earlier on July 23, an anti-corruption court re-issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Riaz, his son Ali Riaz and seven other accused in a land fraud case.

The case pertains to acquisition of 1,401 kanals of land near Rawat in 2009 on basis of fake documents.