NEW DELHI: ‘Devout Muslim‘ Suhaib Ilyasi, host of Indian televisions first and most popular crime investigation show “Indias Most Wanted” said he faithfully read the Hindu scriptures in jail for solace and strength.
In a startling turnaround, the Delhi High Court on October 5 declared Ilyasi not guilty. His wife died of multiple stab wounds on January 11, 2000. Ilyasi was accused of murdering her and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
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He didn’t miss out on his daily namaz and also faithfully read the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads that kept him ‘positive’ during these 18 years of his life in Jail.
“And of course I gained a lot of strength in jail from reading the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. I have studied and understood the teachings of these two scriptures thoroughly.”
He recited a verse from the Upanishads and said, “The teachings kept me strong, positive and motivated.”
“Today I am free, not just in physical terms but also emotionally and spiritually,” reported the leading news agency.
The former investigative journalist working on reader-friendly translations of the Upanishads and the Gita is one of the projects Ilyasi will now take up. The other is the revival of his show.