US national Kenneth Haywood, whose email address was hacked to send a threat message ahead of the Ahmedabad bombings, returned to Mumbai with his family early on Thursday morning, "feeling a lot safer than before", according to his lawyer.
"It was his own decision to return and get back to work with his company, Campbell White, in Navi Mumbai. After the police withdrew the 'look-out notice' against him, Haywood feels a lot safer about coming back to India," advocate GS Hegde told IANS.
Hegde added that Haywood had already contacted the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) here which has called him for a meeting "very soon".
Haywood, along with his wife and two teenaged daughters, took a domestic flight to New Delhi and from there to the US Aug 17, despite the look-out notice for him at all international airports.
The terror email sent by 'Indian Mujahiddeen' minutes before the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts was traced to his home computer in Navi Mumbai.
While Haywood was never formally arrested, he was grilled for 21 days non-stop by the ATS, the Gujarat police, the West Bengal police and other security agencies.
He also underwent a lie-detector test and a brain-mapping test in Mumbai, with all reports showing he had no knowledge of the e-mail.
Even his laptops, Internet routers and other equipment underwent forensic tests, the reports of which came negative.
Soon after he sneaked out of India, embarrassed ATS personnel claimed they were planning to withdraw the look-out notice against Haywood very soon. Around a week after the Haywoods' departure the notice was finally withdrawn.
In the early hours of Thursday, Haywood and family went directly from the airport to their 15th floor flat in Gunina Apartments of Sanpada suburb in Navi Mumbai.