United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Thursday announce the crucial verdict in Kulbhushan Yadav death sentence case, Times Now and Republic TV reported on Wednesday. The verdict will be delivered at 3.30 pm as per the Indian Standard Time (IST). India and Pakistan had on Monday presented their case over the crucial issue at the ICJ. Making strong arguments, India cornered Pakistan and raised a demand for immediate lifting of the death sentence imposed on Jadhav. Representing India, veteran counselor Harish Salve accused Islamabad of violating the Vienna convention by denying its request for consular access to Jadhav 16 times.
Salve further added that denial of counselor access was a ‘fatal’ breach of the Vienna Convention rules. While on the other hand, Pakistan termed India’s application on its national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence as “unnecessary and misconceived” and told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) New Delhi was using the court as the “scene of political theatre”.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national who was captured by Pakistani forces in March last year, was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. Jadhav’s sentencing became the latest flashpoint in the already sour India-Pakistan ties. Pakistan, claiming that the Indian National was an agent of India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), denied consular access to Jadhav 16 times. India, concerned about its national’s life, appealed against the death sentence on May 8. ICJ stayed the sentence the very next day. In its appeal, India did assert that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was legally involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.