India to file written submission with ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Kulbhushan Jadhav

India is to file a petition defending her convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in International Court of Justice on Wednesday (September 13).

The UN's highest judicial body had also asked Pakistan to take "all measures" to ensure that Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, was not executed till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.

He "confessed" to being a spy for India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in a video released by Pakistan. He has been sentenced to death by the court of Pakistan without even a hearing and without providing an opportunity to him to put forth his point of view. "The matter is in the court and we hope that we will get justice", he said.

"The written pleadings to ICJ in Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan is in furtherance of our Application filed before Court on May 8", the MEA said in a statement. His death penalty, ordered by a Pakistani military court, was stayed by the ICJ on May 18 and the case has dragged on, with India's Harish Salve arguing, while Pakistan has now assigned its Attorney General to counter.

ICJ president Ronny Abraham, a 63-year-old French academic and practitioner in public worldwide law, had asked Pakistan to keep the court informed "of all measures taken" in the implementation of the order.

Pakistan's interior minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said that India is trying to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Pakistan disputes India's allegations and claims it arrested Jadhav from its restive Balochistan province. India has maintained he was abducted from the nearby Chabahar which is Iranian territory and that he had business interests there post his retirement from the Indian Navy.

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