ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday separated Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir from the contempt of court case of Malik Riaz Hussain and directed the SC registrar to furnish a list of senior lawyers, who could act as prosecutor in the case.A two-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry was hearing contempt of court case against Riaz for addressing a press conference on June 12, in which he had ridiculed the judiciary, particularly Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.Two days ago, the bench had reserved its judgment on whether Irfan should act as a prosecutor in the case, following the disclosure that he had remained a lawyer of the business tycoon.The attorney general in the last hearing had submitted a list of witnesses in the contempt case, which contains the names of Chief Justice Iftikhar, his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, Registrar Supreme Court Dr Faqir Hussain, former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, Salman Ali and Ahmad Khalil.Announcing the verdict, the bench said they were not satisfied with the arguments of the attorney general, as he himself had stated during the last hearing that he could act as a prosecutor independently, if the court was not satisfied with him, and someone else should be appointed to pursue the case.“In light of Mr Qadir’s arguments and the statement, we have decided to separate him from this case,” the judgment said.Dr Abdul Basit, counsel for Malik Riaz, came on the rostrum and wanted to speak, but the bench did not allow him and left the courtroom.Agencies add: It should be mentioned that the court removed Irfan from the contempt case due to his biased behaviour.During the last hearing, the attorney general submitted a request to make Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry a witness in the case, adopting the position that judges had appeared before the court in the past. However, Justice Ejaz Afzal told the attorney general that being a prosecutor in the instant case and he was not supposed to defend the accused.He further reminded the attorney general that he had been accused of being biased. Irfan, however, replied that Dr Arsalan had levelled accusations against him. He submitted that in order to prove Malik Riaz wrong it was important for the chief justice to appear before the court.The court, however, observed that the list of evidences, the attorney general was submitting showed as if he was defending the accused. “Being a principal law officer, you should remain in your own jurisdiction,” the court asked the AG.Irfan argued that he was an impartial law officer and assisting the court as per law.Justice Ejaz Afzal, however, observed that the court would examine as to whether the learned attorney general could serve as prosecutor in the instant case. Talking to reporters, Dr Abdul Basit said his client would have no objection if Dr Arsalan was appointed as prosecutor in this case. He said Dr Arsalan had the experience of working in the police as well as the FIA and thus was the most suitable person to prosecute.Satire was visible on his face when he was talking to the media. Malik Riaz was standing beside him.