The Indian Supreme Court has ordered the release of Pakistani microbiologist Dr Khalil Chishti after the aging scientist spent 20 years in jail or detention.
According to a report by the Press Trust of India, the Indian Supreme court’s Justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi said on Wednesday that as Chishti had already served 14 months in, the “ends of justice will be met by serving him with the period of imprisonment already undergone”.
Pakistan’s first virologist, Dr Chishti was allowed to go home in May this year on humanitarian grounds and returned to India on November with his wife and son.
Chishti was implicated in a murder case when he had travelled to India in 1992 to see his ailing mother. Chishti has always denied the charges.
After an 18-year-long trial, the octogenarian professor was awarded life imprisonment by a Rajasthan court and sent to the Ajmer jail in January last year.
President Asif Ali Zardari had written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in April this year, seeking Chisti’s release and repatriation to Pakistan on humanitarian grounds.