“I am happy and I feel vindicated.” This is how microbiologist Khaleel Chisti reacted to his acquittal by the Supreme Court of a murder charge on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Hindu on the Supreme Court lawns, Dr. Chisti, sitting in a wheelchair, said: “I first thanked God on hearing the judgment. It is an honest and very good decision. Though the legal process is delayed, I and my family are very happy…” Dr. Chisti, who has a son and five daughters with grandsons, granddaughters and great-granddaughters, was in tears when the news that he was now a free man came.
“I am an educated person. It is very difficult to bring about changes in legal procedure that has been going on. I have tolerated it in the hope that finally truth will prevail. I have not spoken a single word during the entire proceedings. Whatever statement I made initially proved to be correct… and I stand vindicated by the judgment,” he said.
Asked whether he regretted the inordinate delay, he said: “I don’t regret. The final judgment has come and [it] is a sensible judgment. The fact that I returned to India [and] executed the bond shows I am a law-abiding person.”