At last! On 12-12-12, the Indian Supreme Court acquitted Dr Chishty. Earlier, an unprecedented Indian SC verdict had granted him bail to return to Pakistan <http://bit.ly/Rqfqg3
> - that was the first time ever that a Pakistani prisoner in India was given such permission.
The retired virologist, now over 80 years old, had gone back to India quietly in November for the court hearing seeking to dismiss the murder charges against him. It's been a long struggle since we first started campaigning for this, and there's a great feeling of satisfaction that it has finally ended well. (See this excellent recap by Shivam Vij in Jan 2012 of the struggle to free Dr Chishty <http://bit.ly/Rqeg4f
Tehelka did a podcast with me this morning, which you can hear at <https://t.co/BHBom2AH
>. I made a mistake in it regarding the chronology of how the process to free Dr Chishty began. In fact, Amna Chishty (Dr Chisthy's daughter) had written to the Indian SC and Law Ministry, after which the trial was finally held (after 19 years); Justice Katju came into the picture a bit later - but his role in freeing Dr Chishty was, as I said, essential.
Congratulations to all those who've worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep this issue alive and ensure justice. Kavita Srivastava, Anant Bhatnagar and the entire People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) team deserve special thanks, as does Justice Markandey Katju, film director Mahesh Bhatt, actor Imran Zahid and others in India. And Aman ki Asha for pushing it for the last two years.