After having spent 20 years in jail for the murder of a man, 80-year-old Pakistani microbiologist Mohammed Khalil Chishti was today granted bail by the Supreme Court but asked to stay in Ajmer until further directions were given.
The Supreme Court has also agreed to hear his plea to be sent back to Karachi but asked him to file a separate application seeking permission.
Chisti had applied for bail on the grounds that he was 80 years old and had already spent 20 years in prison.
Chisti, a Pakistani national, was born in Ajmer and was studying in Pakistan at the time of partition in 1947. After staying in Pakistan till 1992 he visited India for the first time during which he was accused of killing a man after a dispute.
CNN-IBN reported that Chisti's case was mentioned in the meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday.
Chisti's family had appealed to the Indian government earlier to release him on humanitarian grounds on account of his age.