Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing to resume in ICJ from Monday

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New Delhi,
Feb 15. The public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case will commence
from Monday before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the
principal judicial organ of the United Nations, at the Peace Palace in The
Hague, Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.

Jadhav, 48,
was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for espionage in April
2017 following which India moved the ICJ. A 10-member ICJ bench restrained
Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the case was adjudicated.

Pakistan had
stated that “Jadhav was not an ordinary person as he had entered the
country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities” in
Balochistan. India denies the charges.

Jadhav was
apprehended on March 3, 2016 after illegally crossing into Pakistan from Iran,
according to Pakistani officials. Indian officials say he was abducted from
Iran and taken to Pakistan against his will.

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
sub judice, it is not appropriate for me to state our position in public.
Whatever we have to do, we will do in the court,” he said in response to a
question.

The ICJ will
hold public hearings in the Jadhav case from Monday to Thursday, according to
the ICJ website.

Pakistan
claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province
on March 3, 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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