Jaipur: Chances of Abdul Khalil Chisti, a microbiologist of Pakistan, who is serving life sentence in Ajmer jail in connection with an 18-yr-old murder case, walking a free man has increased as the state government is all set to send its report on his clemency plea to Governor Shivraj Patil.

Khalil Chishti, a Pakistani national, came to India 18 years back to visit his brother in Ajmer where he happened to indulge in a brawl with his brother’s neighbour in which one person was killed.

Chisti was accused of the murder and has been languishing in jail since then. His passport was seized after the murder case was filed against him. He was sentenced to life imprisonment last year.

Earlier, Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju had appealed the Prime Minister to release Chisti on humanitarian grounds.

The Rajasthan government has completed its reports on the clemency plea of Chisti. It will soon be sent to the Governor, who has the power to grant pardon (remission) under Article 161 of the Constitution.

Recommending release of Chisti on humanitarian grounds, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had earlier sent its report on Chisti’s plea to the Governor.

However, the Governor had sought more clarifications from the state government on the issue. The state government would soon be sending its report to the Governor that would pave way for Chisti’s release.

As per the provisions of the Constitution of India, the Governor is bound to give assent on the mercy plea if it has been referred by the state Cabinet for the second time. 

(JPN/Bureau)