SC to hear Chisti’s plea to visit Pak,seeks Centre’s reply

Held guilty in 20-year-old murder case,he had been serving life term in a Rajasthan's Ajmer jail.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2012 2:33 pm

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear Pakistani scientist Mohammed Khalil Chisti’s plea to visit his country and sought the Centre’s response to it.

The bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam posted the matter for hearing on Monday and asked the Centre to respond to the Pakistani microbiologist’s plea by then.

The eighty-year-old ailing Pakistani scientist had been granted bail on April 9. Held guilty in a 20-year-old murder case,he had been serving life term in a Rajasthan’s Ajmer jail.

The apex court had granted bail to Chisti on humanitarian grounds,considering his old age and the fact that he has been in India since 1992 after a murder case was lodged against him when he came to visit Ajmer to see his ailing mother.

Chisti had come to see his mother in 1992 when he got embroiled in a brawl,and,in the ensuing melee,one of his neighbours was shot dead while his nephew got injured.

Born in Ajmer to a prosperous family of caretakers of the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti shrine,Chisti was studying in Pakistan at the time of partition in 1947 and chose to stay there.

“We are satisfied that a case is made out for enlargement on bail,” the bench had said while directing his release of Chisti from jail.

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