Twenty years after he was arrested, Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chisti is at last free to go home.
A Supreme Court bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday acquitted the 82-year-old of murder charges and allowed him to return to his homeland without any restrictions.
Commenting on the verdict, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said such “gestures” could contribute to the “sense” between the two neighbours.
“We have to be pleased with the final judgement whether the judgement convicts or acquits. I think we have to salute the system. The system is objective, fair, transparent and effective,” he added.
Chisti got embroiled in a murder case in 1992 when he had come to India to visit his ailing mother in Ajmer.
After spending a few months in jail he was granted bail but not allowed to leave Ajmer ever since. He moved Supreme Court this year after the Rajasthan High Court rejected his appeal.
After Wednesday’s verdict, Chisti told HT: “The justice system in our countries (India and Pakistan) is a very lengthy one and something should be done to check human sufferings due to such delays.”
He also said he hoped the Pakistan Supreme Court would take up the cases of Indian prisoners who were languishing in jails there.