ICJ to resume hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today; India had challenged death sentence by Pakistan court in 2017

  • Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017

  • Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran

  • However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy

New Delhi: The oral proceedings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will commence from Monday before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday.

 ICJ to resume hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case today; India had challenged death sentence by Pakistan court in 2017

File image of Kulbhushan Jadhav. News18

Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May in 2017 itself against the verdict. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on 18 May, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar declined to go into the details of it.

"The oral proceedings on the International Court of Justice are commencing on February 18. India will present its case before the court. Since the matter is subjudice it is not appropriate for me to state our position in public. Whatever we have to do, we will do at the court," he said in response to a question.

The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the Jadhav case from 18 to 21 February, 2019, according to the ICJ website.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. India had approached the ICJ for "egregious" violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, by Pakistan in Jadhav's case.

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2019 07:22:21 IST