Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case Live Updates: Pakistan calls India’s application unnecessary, cites video confession as its evidence

By: | Updated: May 15, 2017 11:46 PM

With strong words and irrefutable proof, India showed the neighbouring country for the bully that it was in seeking to wrongly target an innocent Kulbhushan Jadhav

India and Pakistan will present their case over the much-debated Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

India and Pakistan on Monday presented their case over the crucial Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Making strong arguements, India exposed the blatant lies being presented by Pakistan in the case. Indian counselor Harish Salve thereafter called for the immediate lifting of the death sentence imposed on Jadhav and accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna convention by denying its request for consular access for 16 times – India said that this was a ‘fatal’ breach of the Vienna Convention rules.  On the other hand, Pakistan termed India’s application at ICJ as “unnecessary and misconceived”. Pakistan told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) India was using the court as the “scene of political theatre”. While India in its argument slammed Pakistan.

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11: 32 pm: ICJ Press Release – End of the hearings in India vs Pakistan Case.

10.30 pm: US urges India, Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue.

9.30 pm: “We are hopeful that we will soon be able to see Kulbhushan in our midst,” Jadhav’s classmate, who studied at the King George School at Dadar here, said.

9.00 pm: Some of tClassmates of Kulbhushan Jadhav were today glued to television sets, watching live proceedings, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing India’s plea on the death sentence given to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan.

8.14 pm: Harish Salve, in a conversation with a news channel, compliments Central Government for actively working in the case.

8.10 pm: There powers above, who control the our destinies: Harish Salve to the family of Kulbhushan Jadhav

7.22 pm: Hearing for the case concludes, date on which the decisions will be announced will be communicated to parties soon.

7.18 pm: “It was my honour to appear hear for a briefing, that was not necessary,” says Pakistan.

7.14 pm: Quresh says there has been deafening silence and no response from India on Pakistan’s accusations on Jadhav.

7.06 pm: Pakistan puts forth arguments justifying the decision of its military court, cites country’s constitution.

7.00 pm: “The only relief India sought is not available with this court,” says Khawar Qureshi

6.58 pm: Pakistan question India’s approaching ICJ, calls it used bootstrap argument.

6.55 pm: “Beyond aspiration, misuse of the court, a time-waste,” Pakistan on India’s appeal at ICJ.

6.53 pm: Pakistan says that India has shifted from its earlier stance on reaching the International Court of Justice.

6.48 pm: In its argument, Pakistani continuously cites the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s confession as the evidence he has against him.

6.40: Reliefs sought by India extremely unfortunate, Pakistan’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi says at ICJ.

6.34 pm: “Will not go into the argument, tell people why India’s application is unnecessary,” Pakistan Councillor said in the court.

6.32 pm: Pakistan says India is using ICJ for its political gains, calls Indian application unnecessary.

6.26 pm: Judges take their seats at International Court of Justice, The Hugue

6.20 pm: Pakistan’s to soon present its case at International Court of Justice, The Hague.

5.58 pm: Despite India’s strong case at the ICJ, Pakistani media reports claim that New Delhi’s stand is “weak”. However, they do not provide convincing reasons. In a report, Pakistan-based thenews.com.pk says, “The legal experts are of the view that India’s case at the global legal tribunal is weak.”

5.55 pm: Pakistan-base Geo News reports that Jadhav’s alleged “confession of involvement in sabotage and espionage activities inside Pakistan is the crux of Islamabad’s case.” It further says, “Moreover, Pakistani legal experts are of the view that India’s case at the global legal tribunal is weak.”

5.48 pm: The Indian national, who had been arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death on allegations of espionage and subversive activities, had been framed on the basis of confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan’s military custody, Harish Salve had said today.

5.30 pm: “If you didn’t understand in 90 minutes, you wont understand in 30 seconds,” Harish Salve slams a Pakistani journalist.

3:12 pm: Have strong prima facie case on merits, seek restitutio integrum(restoration to original condition), says Harish Salve.

3:10 pm: raver the charges, greater the need for continued adherence of Vienna Convention:

3:07 pm: Kulbhushan Jadhav has neither consular access nor legal representation “even at this stage”:

3:05 pm: Trial stands vitiated in international law for violation of Vienna convention, says Harish Salve

3:01 pm: Rights of article 36 are sacrosanct, rights of consular access are significant in human rights and international law, says Harish Salve.

2:58 pm: Harish Salve underlines that India does not rely and does not need to rely on the bilateral agreement.

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2:50 pm: India, in its appeal to the ICJ, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

2:48 pm: India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government.

2:42 pm: Chargesheet on Kulbhushan Jadhav was not given to India by Pakistan, says Harish Salve

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2:40 pm: We want appropriate legal representation for Kulbhushan Jadhav, India tells ICJ.

2:38 pm: Kulbhushan Jadhav was framed on confessional statements extracted from him when he was in Pakistan’s military custody, says India.

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2:30 pm: India seeks annulment of Pakistan’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav case, says Harish Salve at the ICJ

2:28 pm: India tells ICJ it fears Kulbhushan Jadhav will be executed before its arguments are heard in the case.

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2:26 pm: India’s position has been consistent that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran and confession was extracted in military custody, says Harish Salve

2:21 pm: Visa application filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s parents is still pending, says Harish Salve.

2:17 pm:  India calls for immediate suspension of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence and accuses Pakistan of violating Vienna Convention of consular access.

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2:10 pm: Counsel for India Harish Salve says, the present situation is grave and that is why India has sought the indulgence of ICJ.

2:07 pm: All requests for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav fell on ‘deaf ears’, says India.

2:06 pm: Human rights which are treated as “basics” have been thrown to the wind by Pakistan, says India.

2:04 pm: Deepak Mittal says no response from Pakistan to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s parents’ visa.

2:02 pm: India has been seeking consular access since March 2016, says VD Sharma.

1:58 pm: India may avail a “short extension” beyond 90 minutes to present its case, says ICJ Judge.

1:56 pm: India’s agent in ICJ Deepak Mittal says, “consular access denied repeatedly.”

1:54 pm: India claims that the Jadhav case is violation of Vienna conventions.

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1:52 pm: India’s agent Deepak Mittal urges for provisional measures.

1:50 pm: India terms Pakistan military court’s trial as ‘farcical’.

1:46 PM: Joint secretary Deepak Mittal is presenting India’s case at the ICJ.

1:43 pm: India demands suspension of Jadav’s death sentence.

Watch this video: Hearing begins at the ICJ. Judges are reading out India’s request

1:36 pm: India will get 90 minutes.

1:34 pm: Hearing has begun. India will present its case first.

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1:23 pm: Pakistan tells the ICJ that Jadhav is alive, according to Republic TV report.

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1:12 pm: 13-member Pakistan team at ICJ, says TV report

1:02 pm: Harish Salve leaves for the ICJ. Salve says it is beautiful weather and I am exicited, according to Republic TV report.

1:00 pm: The defence experts asserted that Pakistan may not appear before the court as it would stand totally exposed, according to ANI report.

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12:30 pm: Jadhav was sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) last month for his alleged involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

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12:25 pm: Pakistan had claimed that Jadhav was arrested from the Baluchistan province last year. A military court sentenced him to death, alleging he was involved in espionage and anti-national activities.

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12:15 pm: The court also recalled that its lack of jurisdiction does not relieve States of their obligation to settle their disputes by peaceful means.

12:10 pm: The choice of those means admittedly rests with the parties under Article 33 of the UN Charter, it said, adding, they are nonetheless under an obligation to seek such a settlement, and to do so in good faith in accordance with the Charter.

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12:05 pm: As per ICJ rules, when it does not include a judge possessing the nationality of the state party to a case, the state may appoint a person to sit as a judge ad-hoc for the purpose of the case.

12:00 pm: It has been learned that India will 90 minutes to present their case, according to Times Now report.

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11:55 am: We are hopeful that ICJ will give a verdict in India’s favor, so that Jadhav is freed soon: Arvind Singh, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s childhood friend, told ANI.

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11:50 am: Another Defence Expert Ranjeet Rai said that there is a possibility of Pakistan boycotting the ICJ hearing.

11:45 am: “I am sure Pakistan will either defend or run away from this by boycotting the ICJ. The onus is on Pakistan now to vigil out of it or come and argues its case for Commander Jadhav,” Rai told ANI.

11:40 am: Sehgal further said the Pakistan would be very scared of facing ICJ as it may direct them to physically allow consular access to India, as per ANI report.

11:35 am: “India has made a very voter tight case. There is no way that Pakistan will get away. However Pakistan may not even appear and they should not appear and say that ICJ has no jurisdiction over the case. They will stand totally exposed,” Defence Expert P.K. Sehgal told ANI.

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11:30 am: The previous case related to shooting down of Pakistan’s maritime reconnaissance aircraft Atlantique by the Indian Air Force(IAF) in the Kutch region on August 10, 1999, killing all 16 naval personnel on board. Pakistan claimed the plane was brought down in its air space and sought 60 million USD in damages from India for the incident.

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11:20 am: A 16-judge bench of the court on June 21, 2000 voted 14-2 to dismiss Pakistan’s claim. The decision was announced by bench president Gilbert Guillaume of France at a public sitting. The verdict was final and there was no appeal.

11:10 am: The ICJ found that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application filed by Pakistan on September 21, 1999.

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11:05 am: Public hearings in the case titled ‘Aerial incident of August 10, 1999 (Pakistan vs India)’ lasted four days ending April 6, 2000. Arguments centred on the court’s jurisdiction in the case which had to be determined before its merits could be considered by the 16 judges.

10:55 am: The Atlantique case was ousted by the ICJ on the issue of jurisdiction and not on merits. Both parties had agreed that the question of jurisdiction would be decided first and only then would the issue of merits be taken up.

10:45 am: Guillaume said the court would first have to decide whether it had the jurisdiction to go into the case as contended by New Delhi after the Indian delegation led by the then Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, raised preliminary objections to its jurisdiction.

10:39 am: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was last a battleground for India and Pakistan nearly 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft.

10:36 am: Today, the ICJ, which is the U.N.’s principal judicial organ, is holding a public hearing at the Great Hall of Justice.

10:34 am: The Great Hall of Justice housed in the Peace Palace at The Hague in Netherlands where the two countries will be asked to present their case over the contentious Jadhav issue.

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