Minister of State Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday reflected on the International Court of Justice staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and said that it was a victory for India, ANI reported. Late night on Tuesday, in a victory for the entire nation, the ICJ had stayed the death sentence of Jadhav, who had been awarded the penalty by a military court in Pakistan. This had come to pass following Pakistan’s refusal to extradite Jadhav in April in compliance with international laws. Despite various attempts by the government, Pakistan had even refused consular access to Jadhav, accusing him of being a spy.
In the reaction against the Pakistani government, India had asked the neighbour to follow the already established international practices to deal with foreign nationals in its custody. India meanwhile has rejected all the Pakistani allegations against Jadhav and termed them baseless. India has said that the circumstances of Jadhav’s arrest and his case were unclear since the latter did not allow any consular access to Jadhav despite repeated attempts. In her reaction, after the ICJ announcement, MEA Sushma Swaraj said, “Have spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav, told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”
Jadhav had been arrested on March 3, 2016 in Balochistan by Pakistani authorities and had been accused of working for Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). He had also been accused of being involved in Baloch protests. Pakistan authorities had earlier released video of Jadhav confessing to his alleged crimes. The Ministry of External Affairs had claimed that the video was fake – as it was poorly cut and several parts were spliced together. There was no continuity as Jadhav is seen saying he retired in 2002 and later he goes on to say he will retire in 2022.