NEW DELHI: Leveraging the fact that the Indian Supreme Court had granted him bail and had offered to hear his plea of permission to visit his country, lawyers of ailing Pakistani virologist, Khalil Chishty filed an application in the court, seeking that he be permitted to go to Pakistan.
The court asked the Indian government to respond on Monday, indicating it was serious about moving quickly on the matter.
If things go in Dr Chishty’s favour, the court might pass an order as early as Monday.
Dr Chishty was recently released from the Ajmer Jail in Rajasthan, after being sentenced to a life term in a murder case of 1992. He was set free on April 9 following a direction from the Indian Supreme Court.
A bench granted him the reprieve, considering his old age and the fact that he has been in India for the last 20 years after a murder case was lodged against him when he came on a visit to Ajmer.
The court had agreed to hear Chishty’s plea to allow him to go back to Karachi and asked him to file a separate application for it but directed him not to leave Ajmer.
The Chishty case was discussed between the authorities of the two countries during President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.