Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered for arresting Dr Shahnaz Riaz, DG Federal Directorate of Education.

A single bench of IHC headed by Justice Noor ul Haq N Qureshi, took up for hearing a petition filed by a private company today. Dr Shahnaz Riaz appeared in the court. Justice Noor ul Haq N Qureshi ordered for her arrest for non-complying the court’s orders. She is facing the charges of committing embezzlement in the bills pertaining to supply of furniture to schools, under administrative control of federal government in 2012.

She appeared before the court Tuesday. Justice Noor ul Haq N Qureshi remarked “the court waited for you till Monday evening but no clear reply was given from your side.” Dr Shahnaz Riaz also failed to produce evidence, in support of her participation in the meeting of cabinet committee. Dr Shahnaz Riaz said “court is not completing the formalities of justice.” Upon it the court ordered for arresting her.

Taj Traders had filed petition in the court that their company had supplied furniture to the schools, under federal directorate of education in 2012 and payment in this regard has not been made to them so far. The sitting DG is also not prepared to hear their plea. Our credibility is being affected being ignored persistently. The court summoned DG Shahnaz Sheikh several times, but she kept on evading appearing in the court.

The court sent her messages repeatedly on Monday that she should appear before it in person and appraise the court of her stance. But PA to DG Shahnaz Sheikh told the court that she was attending cabinet committee meeting.

The court issued bailable arrest warrants of Shahnaz Sheikh on Monday evening and ordered that she be presented before it today morning at every cost.  Shahnaz Sheikh should appear in the court on Tuesday and provide evidence in support of her participation in cabinet committee meeting, the court ordered.

Shahnaz Sheikh could not provide satisfactory reply to the court Tuesday and could not provide evidence in support of her participation in the cabinet committee meeting.