Mukherjee expresses happiness over Haneef's release
Australian authorities' action to drop charges against Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef proved that he was not involved in terrorist activities, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Thimpu on Saturday.
Expressing happiness over Haneef getting relief after being in detention for nearly four weeks in connection with the failed terror plot in UK, Mukherjee hoped that Australia will restore Haneef's work visa and allow him to transact normal business.
The visa was revoked by Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews shortly after Haneef was granted bail by a Brisbane court nearly two weeks after he was detained on July 2.
"I am glad that charges against Haneef have been dropped. It proves that he is not involved with the terrorist activities," Mukherjee said
"Now we hope that the Australian authorities will restore his visa, allow him to transact normal business and be taken back in his hospital department," he added.
27-year-old Haneef was working as a Registrar in a Gold Coast hospital in Queensland.
"The development is good for all concerned," Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee, who had spoken to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer when Haneef was in detention, said any government was well within its right to prosecute anyone if charges are proved but no person should suffer if he or she is innocent.