New Delhi: Acquitted by the Supreme Court in a 20-year-old criminal case, Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chisty on Wednesday said his country should deal with cases of Indians lodged in jails there in the same way.
"Just like the Supreme Court here has taken up my case (on humanitarian grounds), their cases (Indians jailed in Pakistan) should be dealt like that," 82-year-old Chisty told reporters when asked how Pakistan should deal with cases of Indians jailed there. He also said that everyone's case should be dealt within the limits of the Constitution and the court.
Chishti was on Wednesday acquitted by the Supreme Court of Murder charge in a 20-year-old criminal case and allowed to return home without any restriction. However, the apex court declined to interfere with his conviction for voluntarily causing hurt under section 324 of the Indian Penal Code and served him with the sentence already undergone by him in prison.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi noted that 82-year-old Chisty was in jail for almost one year during his stay in the country and "ends of justice will be met by serving him with the period of imprisonment already undergone".

The trial of Chisty’s case lasted for 18 long years. Khalil Chisty got bail from the Supreme Court on April 9 but his passport was impounded due to which he had to stay in Ajmer. However, the Apex Court on May 10 this year has granted permission to Chisty to visit his home city Karachi in Pakistan but soon he returned to Ajmer.

In 1992, Khalil Chisty visited his ailing mother in Ajmer. On that visit to India, he caught up in a serious brawl with sets of relatives. One person was shot dead in the scuffle after which Chisty was arrested.


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