The Supreme Court has expressed anguish at the plight of mentally unsound Pakistani nationals languishing in Indian jails even after serving their sentences and said that their cases need to be taken up at the highest levels in India and Pakistan. Should not such matters be taken up at the highest level when the heads of the state meet, the Bench said on Tuesday.
The SC observation comes a day after another Bench of the SC ordered the release of 80-year-old Khalil Chishty,who is serving a life-term in Ajmer jail for murder,on bail as an apparent good gesture following the visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The government submitted that there are 16 mentally unsound and five hearing and speech impaired prisoners housed in detention centres because Pakistan is not confirming their identities. There is no doubt that the best of facilities are being provided to such prisoners in detention centres but the problem is why they are not being repatriated. What is the impediment? Such detention pains us, the Bench said.
The court is hearing a PIL filed by J&K Panthers Party leader Bhim Singh who submitted that photographs of these prisoners should be handed over to Pakistan so that these could be published in newspapers there to prove their identification.
Chishty likely to be released today
Ajmer: Ailing Pakistani scientist Mohammed Khalil Chishty (80),who was granted bail by the SC on Monday in a two-decade-old murder case,is likely to be released from jail on Wednesday. After furnishing the bail bond,we will go to the jail to welcome my brother, Jamil Chishty,his brother said.