ISLAMABAD - KASWAR KLASRA -  Authorities fear that Supreme Court appointed commission to investigate Arsalan-Riaz graft scandal would not be able to finalise its findings in due time as property tycoon, Malik Riaz, is yet to appear before the commission.

Inquiry commission, appointed by Supreme Court on 30 August last month was given 30 days to investigate Arsalan-Riaz graft scandal. The inquiry commission, headed by Shoaib Suddle, one of well-reputed officers of police group, was supposed to complete its investigation within a month and submit report to Supreme Court on 1st October. However, well placed sources told TheNation on Thursday, the commission may ask for extending deadline as it was not possible to complete investigation in due time.

Non-cooperation of a key player of Arsalan-Riaz graft scam, with the inquiry commission might be the prime cause of delay in completing investigation, sources added. "Inquiry commission is facing tough time to probe the graft scam involving Arsalan Iftikhar and property tycoon Malik Riaz. Non-cooperation of property tycoon with the commission is a main hurdle in finalising investigation. Commission is supposed to apply to Supreme Court for getting extension in deadline," source said.

It is pertinent to mention here that property tycoon, Malik Riaz agreed last week to appear before the inquiry commission probing Arsalan-Riaz graft case to record his statement. However, he is said to have changed his mind at the 11th hour and opted to challenge formation of inquiry commission in Supreme Court.

"We have challenged Shoaib Suddle Commission in Supreme Court. Petition has been accepted for hearing. Court is all set to hear the case on October 2," Zahid Bokhari, counsel of Malik Riaz, told TheNation on Thursday. The commission started investigating the graft case from September 3, 2012.

Suddle has so for interviewed different people including Faisal Bashir, Superintendent of Islamabad Capital Territory Police, whom he asked to explain his links with Malik Riaz.