Big win for India, ICJ orders Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, stays execution

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Updated:Jul 17, 2019 8:13:17 pm

Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Verdict: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked Pakistan to stay death sentence awarded to Jadhav and also grant India consular access.

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ICJ Verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: In a huge diplomatic victory for India over Pakistan, the International Court of Justice  (ICJ), in 15-1 verdict, on Wednesday asked Islamabad to grant consular access to New Delhi to Kulbhushan Jadhav.  The world court also asked Pakistan to put on hold Jadhav’s execution sentence. A Pakistani military court had awarded death sentence to Jadhav on charges of terrorism and espionage.

The ICJ in its order found that it has the jurisdiction on the basis of Article 1 of the Optional Protocol concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of April, 1963. And it has rejected the objections by Pakistan to the admissibility of the application and finds that the application of India is admissible.

The World Court stated that Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction/sentence in light of Pakistan’s breach of Art 36(1) i.e. denial of consular access and notification.

Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was involved in espionage and assisting terror activities on its soil, a charge which has been rebuked by India repeatedly.

Jadhav, 49, was pronounced guilty in April, 2017 following a closed-door hearing. India moved the ICJ on May 18, 2017 lodging its protest against the Pakistan military court’s verdict. India asserted that the decision was ‘egregious violation’ of the provisions of the Vienna Convention. During the hearing in the ICJ, Pakistan claimed that Jadhav was arrested from the restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he allegedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped by Pakistani forces from Iran where he had started a business after retiring from the Navy.

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    19:47 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    ICJ delivers justice in true sense of word: Chidambaram

    Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has described the ICJ verdict as the one which has upheld human rights. "ICJ delivers 'justice' in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law. A 15:1 verdict is actually a unanimous verdict," Chidambaram said in his tweet.

    19:43 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Major win for the country, says Congress

    Welcoming the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the Congress said it will pray for his early return.  

    19:13 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Big victory for India, says Rajnath Singh

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has described the ICJ verdict asking Pakistan to stay Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence as 'big victory for India'. 

    19:08 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Huge embarrassment for Pakistan at ICJ

    The International Court of Justice finds that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation, and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

    19:01 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: 15-1 ICJ vote in India's favour

    The International Court of Justice voted 15-1 in favour of India in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The world court has also directed Pakistan to review the death sentence verdict against Jadhav.  

    18:53 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    World stands with India!

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) agreed that Pakistan has violated the Vienna Convention by not allowing India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav despite repeated appeals. ICJ says Kulbhushan Jadhav should have been given a fair trial.  

    18:44 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Sushma Swaraj welcomes ICJ

    Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has welcomed International Court of Justice decision asking Pakistan to stay Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence and also grant India consular access to him.  

    18:38 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    BIG WIN FOR INDIA AT ICJ

    The International Court of Justice has asked Pakistan to grant India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court in 2016. 

    18:38 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    BIG WIN FOR INDIA AT ICJ

    The International Court of Justice has asked Pakistan to grant India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court in 2016. 

    18:27 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

    Major relief for Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court has asked Pakistan to grant India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

    18:13 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case shortly

    India's Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony and Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran) Deepak Mittal have arrived at International Courts of Justice for hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. 

    17:57 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Family prays for Kulbhushan's return

    Kulbhushan Jadhav's family is hoping for a favourable decision from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). "We are hoping and praying that the judgment will be in our favour," Kulbhushan's uncle Subhash Jadhav said. Kulbhushan's father retired as Assistant Commissioner in Mumbai Police.

    16:51 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Pakistan has violated Vienna Convention: India

    During the hearing in the ICJ, India has stated that Pakistan has denied consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav despite repeated appeals, which is a clear violation of the Vienna Convention.

    16:40 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav?

    Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, is a retired Indian Navy officer. India maintains he was kidnapped by Pakistani authorities from Iran where he has business interests. On the other hand, Pakistan has claimed in the ICJ that Jadhav was arrested from Balochistan province on charges of terrorism and espionage. Pakistan says Jadhav had been gathering information for Indian spy agency -R&AW.  

    15:45 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Don't jump the gun, says Farooq Abdullah

    Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that there is no need to jump the gun over Kulbhushan Jadhav case. We will know today whatever the ICJ decides, there's no need to jump the gun.

    15:45 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing

    International Court of Justice (ICJ) president Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is expected to start reading the verdict at 3pm (6pm India time). Senior lawyer and former Solicitor General Harish Salve is representing India in the case.

    15:45 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing

    International Court of Justice (ICJ) president Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is expected to start reading the verdict at 3pm (6pm India time). Senior lawyer and former Solicitor General Harish Salve is representing India in the case.

    15:11 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing verdict today

    Pakistan has claimed that Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was arrested from Balochistan province on March 3, 2019. However, India maintains that he was actually kidnapped by Pakistani authorities from Iran where Jadhav had been running a business after retirement from the navy.

    15:08 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict today

    The ICJ on May 9, 2017 asked both India and Pakistan to present their arguments in the case. The court asked Islamabad to put on hold the execution order against Jadhav.

    15:06 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing in ICJ

    A Pakistani military court had awarded death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav in April, 2017 over charges of terrorism and espionage. India approached the ICJ in May the same year. India said the death sentence was in violation with provisions of Vienna Convention.

    15:03 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case hearing

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is likely to pronounce its verdict in the case between India and Pakistan over Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence today at 6.30 pm.  

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Hearing, Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Verdict Pakistan claims that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian 'spy'. (Express Photo)India has been demanding Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav, however, Islamabad has rejected the plea saying New Delhi will try to get all information gathered its 'spy'. On December 25, 2017, Pakistan had allowed Jadhav's wife and mother to meet him. The meeting took place at Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad where Jadhav and his family were separated by a glass wall. They interacted via speaker phone installed on both sides of the glass wall. The then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had slammed Pakistan for putting a glass wall between Jadhav and his family. "Pakistan misused the emotional moment as an instrument to further its propaganda. There are not enough words to condemn the same," Swaraj had said while making a statement in Rajya Sabha.