The Supreme Court on Thursday gave 82-year-old Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chisty,facing life imprisonment in a 20-year-old murder case,permission to travel to his native country to visit his family.
After the government raised an objection to whether he would come back to India at all,a bench of Justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameswar addressed the contingency by asking Chisty to deposit his passport at the Indian High Commission in Karachi. Chisty will also have to furnish as security Rs 5 lakh in cash within two weeks with the Supreme Court registry.
The apex court directed that Chisty shall return to India by November 1,as it has decided to expedite the hearing of the appeal filed by him challenging his conviction in a murder case in Rajasthan later that month.
The bench clarified that Chistys release is subject to the fulfillment of the two conditions imposed on him. The court said its decision was based on the peculiar circumstances of the case dealing with an elderly and highly qualified man.
Earlier on May 4,the Supreme Court had agreed to hear Chistys plea to visit his country and had sought the governments response to it.
Chisty was granted bail on humanitarian grounds by the apex court on April 9. On a visit to Ajmer in 1992,Chisty was allegedly involved in a family brawl which led to the death of a kinsman.
Prepare for bhangra,Chisty tells family
Khalil Chisty said he was happy with the order. I am simply very happy with the development. A major task has been done which brightens hope for me to return home to Pakistan,permanently. I wish from the God for the same, he said.
Chisty also asked everyone back home to be ready for bhangra. I will be very happy when I come to Pakistan. Everyone should prepare to do bhangra, he told Geo News channel on phone.