India Exploring Legal Options In Kulbhushan Jadhav Case, Says Centre

Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to loss of life by Pakistan on prices of espionage and terrorism

New Delhi:

India stated it was exploring authorized choices within the case referring to Indian death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav, a day after Pakistan claimed that he refused to file a evaluate petition in opposition to his sentence by a Pakistani army court docket on prices of espionage.

“At this stage, we’re assessing our authorized choices. We are going to do our utmost to guard the lifetime of the Indian nationwide,” Spokesperson within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs Anurag Srivastava stated at an internet media briefing.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to loss of life by a Pakistani army court docket on prices of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. Weeks later, India approached the ICJ in opposition to Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Mr Jadhav and difficult the loss of life sentence. The ICJ, then, restrained Pakistan from executing him.

In July final yr, the Hague-based court docket dominated that Pakistan should undertake an “efficient evaluate and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Mr Jadhav and likewise to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.

On Wednesday, Pakistan stated Kulbhushan Jadhav refused to file an enchantment within the Islamabad Excessive Court docket in opposition to his conviction regardless of being provided the choice.

Hours later, India known as Pakistan’s declare a “farce” and stated Mr Jadhav was “coerced” to forego his rights.

Mr Srivastava on Wednesday stated Pakistan’s declare mirrored its try to “masks” its persevering with “reticence to implement” the judgment of the Worldwide Court docket of Justice (ICJ) within the case in “letter and spirit”.

He stated Pakistan is barely looking for to create an “phantasm of treatment” within the case, and asserted that India will do its “utmost” to guard Mr Jadhav and guarantee his secure return to India.

“Pakistan’s declare that Jadhav, who’s incarcerated in Pakistan’s custody, has refused to provoke evaluate petition is a continuation of the farce that has been in play for the final 4 years,” Mr Srivastava stated.


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