Farukh Chisti has been awarded life term in 21-yr-old murder case
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to grant immediate bail to Farukh Chisti,who was sentenced to life term along with his relative and Pakistani microbiologist Dr Khalil Chisti in a 21-year-old homicide case.
In December,the apex court had ordered release of Khalil Chisti from custody,acquitting him of the charge of murder. He was set at liberty to return to Pakistan. The court had also acquitted two other co-accused Yasir Chisti and Akil Chisti of murder charge and held all of them guilty only of causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
The fourth accused in the case,Farukh Chisti,however continued to remain behind the bars in the case since his appeal against the conviction was filed separately before the Supreme Court.
Appearing for Farukh,senior advocate K T S Tulsi had earlier argued that his case would be covered squarely by the SC judgement in Khalil Chistis case and hence he should at least be released on bail till the time his appeal was finally decided by the court. Tulsi had pointed that Farukh had already spent more than 10 years in jail.
A vacation Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra,however,turned down Farukhs plea to grant bail to him till the pendency of the appeal and preferred the Bench,which had previously heard Khalil Chistis case,to adjudicate this matter as well.
Rajasthans Additional Advocate General J S Malik also found favour with the courts views and said it would be in the fitness of things to let this matter be placed before the appropriate Bench,headed by Justice P Sathasivam.
Asking Farukh to wait till the same Bench reconstitutes after the summer break,the vacation court adjourned the matter for second week in July.