Kulbhushan Jadhav Verdict: ICJ directs Pakistan to review death sentence, big win for India
Kulbhushan Jadhav Verdict: ICJ has directed Pakistan to review and reconsider the death sentence order for Kulbhushan Yadav and provide him consular access.
Kulbhushan Jadhav Verdict: The International Court of Justice has put Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution on hold. ICJ has directed Pakistan to review the death sentence order, to reconsider it and give Kulbhushan Yadav a fair trial by providing him consular access. The ICJ ruled in favour of India by 15 to 1 votes.
This order is a big win for India. Kulbhushan Yadav will not be executed. The World Court stated that Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended till Pakistan reviews and reconsiders the conviction. The court also directed Pakistan to provide Kulbhushan Jadhav with consular access in line with international diplomatic norms. India had been asking for consular access ever since Jadhav’s arrest. The court stated that Pakistan has violated Jadhav’s elementary human rights. The court stated that based on the evidence collected there is no doubt that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian citizen. Sushma Swaraj welcomed the court’s decision in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict by ICJ
Kulbhushan Jadhav: Arrest, Charges and death sentence
Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national, who was arrested in Pakistan and accused of terrorism and spying for Indian intelligence agency RAW. The Pakistani government claimed that Jadhav was a serving commander in the Indian Navy and was involved in suspicious activities in Pakistan. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan in April 2017.
The Indian government, on the other hand, claimed that Jadhav was a former naval officer, who took premature retirement. India claimed that Jadhav was abducted from Iran and brought to Pakistan illegally and then sentenced to death under fake trial. India accused Pakistan of violating the law by not granting consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. India then moved the ICJ on the matter, which stayed the execution in May 2017until the final judgement of the case.