While arguing before International Court of Justice (ICJ), India on May 15, called for immediate intermission of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence given by Pakistan. India also told the court that the Indian national who has been framed in Pakistan has been denied any consular access.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague is holding public hearings on the case of Jadhav who was arrested and sentenced to death by Pakistan. Former Indian Naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav has been awarded death sentence over allegations of espionage and abetting terror.
The one-day hearing in the International Court constitutes two sessions of an hour-and-a-half, giving India and Pakistan a chance to make their case. India has stated its case in the morning.
India accused Pakistan of violating Vienna Convention on Consular RelationsÂ by denying 16 requests of consular and legal access from India.
The present situationÂ was grave and that is why India had sought ICJ’s interference, said Indian attorney Harish Salve said before the court.
“We are here in the hope that Jadhav will not be executed. At present, we are looking for provisional measures,” saidÂ Harish Salve to the media outside the court.
Deepak Mittal, India’s representative at the ICJ hearing described Pakistan’s charges against Jadhav as “concocted” and his trial as “farcical.”
After 1971, it is only the second time now that India has approached the ICJ against Pakistan.
An Indian legal team led by former Solicitor General Harish Salve is arguing the case.
Both India and Pakistan are getting 90 minutes each to present argue their case before the judicial arm of the United Nations.
While Jadhav was involved in business activities, he was kidnapped from Iran, India asserted before the court. India acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies any connection with him.
While laying the facts before the court, Indian representatives argued that 46-year-old Jadhav was framed by Pakistan as it has extracted confessional statements from him when he was in Pakistan’s military custody.
“We want appropriate legal representation for Jadhav,” India ended the argument.