Kulbhushan Jadhav case: According to the Ministry of External Affairs, lack of cooperation from Pakistan over consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav forced India to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A Pakistani military court had sentenced Jadhav to death over allegations of espionage and sabotage. India had sought consular access to Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistani authorities under mysterious circumstances in March last year, but this was denied by the authorities in the neighbouring country.
ICJ stayed Kulbhushan’s death sentence after India approached the court. The court stayed the death sentence imposed on Jadhav stating that this contravened the Vienna Convention. Pakistan has also denied visas to Kulbhushan’s family members.
The MEA says that it is still unaware of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s whereabouts and denies that he was involved in espionage activities. MEA spokesperson Baglay said that the detention is a violation of Kulbushan’s basic human rights.
Baglay added that the next hearing of the case at the ICJ could take place as early as next month.