New Delhi, Sep. 11 (ANI): A Malaysian spiritual seeker, who landed in a Varanasi jail for violating Indian immigration laws, has finally left for home in Johor.
After being released from jail on August 27, Lim Soon Seng was waiting to obtain his exit certificate from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office in Delhi to leave India.
"I was shattered in prison. All I wanted to do was to heal and help people but I went through some bad karma in India. There were so many legal complications.
"It placed so much stress on my family and me. Now I am free and happy to go home and see my sister," The Star Online quoted Lim as saying before his departure on a Malaysia Airlines flight for Kuala Lumpur.
A follower of the Krishna Consciousness movement, Lim of Johor landed on the ghats of Varanasi in 2001. For the next six years he diligently renewed his visa as he wandered in orange robes with sadhus and lived a life of solitude.
But Lim's spiritual sojourn turned into a nightmare when his passport expired in 2005 and he failed to renew it.
For the next 20 months, Lim, in his 50s, languished in Varanasi jail, one of the most crowded and dreaded Indian jails where notorious criminals are held.
Lim was charged under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, where offenders can face a jail sentence of between six months and seven years.
A German diplomat, who visited the jail to meet a fellow citizen, came across Lim and notified the Malaysian High Commission in Delhi about his predicament.
Once the embassy assured the local district magistrate that he would be repatriated to Malaysia safely, Lim was released. (ANI)