Justice Markandey Katju, who has upon retirement just been appointed head of the Press Council of India, today addressed the media at his residence in Delhi. Towards the end of his speech, he said:
Before I conclude, I once again repeat my appeal to the Indian Government through the Prime Minister to release Dr Khaleel Chishty who is in Ajmer Jail. He is 80 years old and has not very long to live. He was an eminent virologist in Karachi Medical College and was a PhD from Edinburgh University. He is a heart patient and has many other ailments also. He is unable to walk. In the name of humanity I appeal to the Indian Government to release him and allow him to get back to home in Karachi to his wife and daughter who live there. The Pakistan Government honoured my appeal and released Gopal Das from a Pakistani jail. I am sad that the Indian Government has not yet honoured my appeal made several months ago to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Hon’ble Home Minister, and His Excellency the Governor of Rajasthan. In my opinion, the prestige of our country will be invreased if Dr. Chishty is released, whereas if he dies in jail, we will be disgraced.
Gopal Das, by Pakistani allegation and his own admission, was a Pakistani spy. Dr Chishty was just a man visiting relatives when a murder took place and he was falsely implicated. Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil’s refusal to sign a file and set Dr Chishty free is a matter of shame for humanity, for all of us, Indians and Pakistani.
From Kafila archives:
- 7 September 2011: Bring Dr Chishty Home – alive
- 19 June 2011: Dr Khaleel Chishty will finally be free
- 17 April 2011: Free Dr Khaleel Chishty: Amna Chishty
- 3 October 2011: Release Indian and Pakistani fishermen with their boats