Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Consular access was denied 13 times, says MEA's Gopal Baglay

Kulbhushan Jadhav is an innocent Indian who is a retired member of the Indian navy and these two things were conveyed to Pakistan in March 2016, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs said in a press briefing on Thursday.

FP Staff April 13, 2017 15:41:30 IST
Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Consular access was denied 13 times, says MEA's Gopal Baglay

"Kulbhushan Jadhav is an innocent Indian who is a retired member of the Indian Navy and these two things were conveyed to Pakistan in March 2016," said Gopal Baglay, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs in a press briefing on Thursday. The trial of Jadhav was opaque and farcical, no due process has been followed and all norms of law and internal norms have been defied and there is absolutely no basis of his arrest, Baglay said.

"We don't know where he is kept in Pakistan. We had made 13 requests for consular access to him but Pakistan has denied them so we cannot ascertain any facts about how he is or where he is.  The international norm is consular access, India and Pakistan have a bilateral agreement on consular access. A year has passed but the Pakistan government has also not shared with us any details about his condition or whereabouts. The denial of consular requests makes the veracity of Pakistan's allegations clear," Baglay said.

Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence Consular access was denied 13 times says MEAs Gopal Baglay

Gopal Baglay. Twitter/@MEAIndia

Baglay said they had clearly informed the Pakistan High Commissioner that the Government of India will consider this as a "premeditated murder" as he was kidnapped despite lack of evidence, he was tried and consular access was denied.

"The Parliament of India has spoken in one voice, the whole country's sentiments are with Jadhav. The government is trying its best to ensure justice to Jadhav but I cannot comment on the details of our plans,"the spokesperson said.

"We had even spoken to the Iran government about Jadhav as he had a legal business there and I have no idea how far their investigation has made progress," he added

About his fake passport and identity, Baglay said, "We cannot ascertain anything since we did not have any consular access. Which kind of spy keeps an original passport with him so I have my doubts on any allegations of him being a spy. We do not know what are the circumstances of his presence in Pakistan until we meet him. We need to know how he came to be in Pakistan in the first place," he added.

The spokesman said he had no information about the alleged abduction of a retired Pakistani military officer in Nepal.

With inputs from agencies

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