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‘If not for judiciary, I’d have been eliminated’

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It was a bittersweet homecoming for Dr Kafeel Khan on Wednesday. Moments after walking out of Mathura jail, over 12 hours after the Allahabad high court had ordered his release, he said he had begun to worry during his seven-month-long incarceration that he would not make it. So instead of going home to Gorakhpur, he told TOI at 2am, he was crossing UP’s border. “What a relief,” he said. “I have only the judiciary to thank for this. I could have been eliminated.”