Qatari authorities exonerated the couple at the end of March after a Court of Cassation’s ruling.
Oniba and Sharique Qureshi landed at Mumbai airport at 2:30am on Thursday after being acquitted of all charges in a drug smuggling case in Qatar, Indian media reported.
Tabassum was finally arrested after the victim’s families found several recorded conversations in which she mentioned drugs that were referred to as “gutkha”, a chewable tobacco that is banned in Qatar.
Shareef Qureshi, the husband’s father, spent 15 months in Qatar in an attempt to appeal the court’s initial decision, which was rejected on January 27th, 2020.
The Court of Cassation then reviewed the case once more to find that the couple did not have criminal intent and were unaware about the hashish, describing the Court of Appeal’s ruling as “defective”.
Speaking to local Indian outlets, Oniba’s mother said the family is “very happy and relieved.”