PM asks PC to see if Pak prisoner can be pardoned

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has forwarded to Chidambaram the letter of request received from Justice Markandeya Katju.

Updated: Jun 20, 2011, 17:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Home Minister P Chidambaram to examine if the
request of a Supreme Court judge for pardon to Pakistani prisoner Khalil Chishty could be considered on "humanitarian" grounds.

Dr Singh has forwarded to Chidambaram the letter of request received from Justice Markandeya Katju.

"I shall be grateful if you could examine the request of
Justice Katju to see if a pardon to Dr Khalil Chishty could be
considered on humanitarian grounds," the Prime Minister said
in his letter to Chidambaram.

Justice Katju has made a "personal" appeal to Singh to
release on "humanitarian grounds" Chishty, an 80-year-old
Pakistani virologist who is in Indian jail since 1992 in a
murder case.

Dr Singh has also responded to Congress MP Rajiv Shukla,
through whom the judge made the appeal, and informed him about
his letter to the Home Minister.

PTI