Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chishti was on Wednesday acquitted by the Supreme Court of the murder charge in a 20-year-old criminal case and was allowed to return to his native country without any restriction.
However, the apex court declined to interfere with his conviction for voluntarily causing hurt under section 324 of the Indian Penal Code and served him with the sentence already undergone by him in prison.
A bench of justices noted that 82-year-old Chishti was in the jail for almost one year during his stay in the country and “ends of justice will be met by serving him with the period of imprisonment already undergone.”
While clearing him of the murder charge, the bench said there was no scope for applying section 34 of the IPC which deals with the offence of common intention.
The bench directed the authorities to return to Chishti all documents including his passport and said he was free to return to Pakistan without any restriction.