With the country riveted on the sensational case that could have far-reaching ramifications, a business tycoon has told the Pakistan Supreme Court that he will present evidence against the son of the chief justice "that will be like bombs".
The case involves Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry's son Arsalan Iftikhar, who has been accused of having been paid up to Rs 400 million by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain, said to be under treatment in London. The money was allegedly paid to influence cases in the apex court.
When the case broke out, the tough chief justice took suo motu notice of the allegations and set up a three-member bench to hear the case. Initially, he headed the bench but later recused himself.
The Pakistani media is having a field day as the case takes various twists and turns. TV channels alleged on Sunday night that the tycoon possessed photos and videos of Arsalan's visit to London during 2009-11.
Arsalan on Monday filed an application in the apex court seeking registration of FIR against Hussain, owner of Bahria Town real estate firm for alleging he possessed proof of his visit to London that was paid for by the tycoon's relatives.
Arsalan described the allegations as "character assassination" and sought security and directions for registration of FIR against the tycoon. The court registry directed him to make an application to the bench.
On his part, the tycoon's counsel Zahid Bukhari told the court that Hussain would return to Pakistan with evidence against Arsalan.
"He is bringing with him evidence that will be like bombs. He will have very big news for the media. This request for registering an FIR against my client is a conspiracy to pressure him from not making a statement in court," Bukhari said.