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'Haneef remains under probe'

Clearing the decks for Haneef's return, the Australian government have decided not to appeal against the reinstatement of his visa by the Federal Court.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2008 09:17 IST

The Australian police have said Mohamed Haneef, who was wrongly accused of links to the failed UK terror plot, continued to remain under investigation despite the government ruled out an appeal against a court decision to reinstate his visa.

"Haneef remained under investigation", a spokesperson for Australian Federal Police said.

Clearing the decks for Haneef's return, the Australian government on Wednesday decided not to appeal against the reinstatement of his visa by the Federal Court.

"The investigation into Operation Rain is continuing," the spokesperson said, referring to the name of the police investigation into the case.

"We are unable to make any further comment," she was quoted as saying by a TV channel.

The 27-year-old Bangalore medico was wrongly accused of links to the failed UK terror plot six months ago and forced to leave the country.

The Federal Court had restored Haneef's work visa on December 21 after he was exonerated of the terror charges.

The Federal Labor Government has pledged to hold an inquiry into the handling of Haneef's case.

A spokesman for Attorney-General Robert McClelland said yesterday that arrangements for establishing the inquiry were still being considered, including its timing.

Haneef's work visa was cancelled by the then Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews on character grounds because of his relations with UK terror suspects Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed, soon after he was granted bail by a court.