Chandigarh, April 25; Today, in a Press conference jointly organized by Focus on the Global South, Yuvsatta & Chandigarh Press Club, at Chandigarh Press Club Kuldip Nayyar, former MP & veteran journalist and famous film personality Mahesh Bhatt raised the issue of immediate release of an eminent Pakistani academic Dr. Saiyyad Mohammad Khaleel Chishty.
Dr. Chishty, once an active Professor of Virology in Karachi, has been suffering since 1992. He had gone to Ajmer in 1992 to look after his ailing mother. A dispute with some neighbours took an unseemly turn and he was arrested under IPC Section 302, 307/37, 302/34 and 324/34 and was falsely implicated. The trial took almost 20 years when he was finally convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in January of 2011.Dr. Chishty is over 80 years old and has suffered serious health problems while in prison. He is now in the prison hospital. His family is concerned that he may not survive much longer in the jail condition and wishes to see him return home to spend last days of his life. On the day he was convicted two persons had to pick him up and carry him inside the jail in Ajmer.
Today, for immediate release of Dr. Chisty on humanitarian grounds Kuldip Nayyar and Mahesh Bhatt also met Shivraj V. Patil, Governor of Punjab & Rajasthan as the Constitution of India gives the Governor powers under article 161 to “grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment”, as well as the power to “suspend, remit or commute the sentence” of people convicted of offenses.
According to Kuldip Nayyar Governor Shivraj V. Patil not only gave them a patient hearing for around 45 mins., but also promised to look into the matter and get the needful done for release of Dr. Chisti.