This development comes after the pair missed the scheduled hearing on Wednesday, and the court has warned them that absence at the next one will be countered by non-bailable warrants.
Riaz had submitted bail pleas prior to the hearing, but they were dismissed due to “non-prosecution as both father and son were not in attendance” during yesterday’s proceedings.
The counsel for complainants – residents of villages near Rawat – had requested the court to issue arrest warrants against Riaz.
The anti-corruption establishment had registered a case against Bahria Town and some Punjab revenue officials on the complaint of the villagers on Nov 4, 2009.
According to the complaint, Malik Riaz, his son and others had bribed the revenue officials to get the 1,401 kanals of community land transferred to their own names on ‘fake’ documents.
After the bail pleas dismissal on Wednesday, Malik Riaz tweeted:
The case has been ongoing since October 2012, when it was transferred from the Anti-Corruption Establishment to the accountability court.