Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict: ICJ to announce the verdict at 3.30 PM today

  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict: ICJ to announce the verdict at 3.30 PM today
    Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict: ICJ to announce the verdict at 3.30 PM today
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After a tough arguement between Indian and Pakistan, and after hearing the case from both the sides, International Court of Justice will announce its verdict on the contentious Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence case filed by India against Pakistan today . The verdict is expected to be announced at 3:30 PM (IST). 
India had challenged the violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Access by Pakistan during the trial of former Indian Navy officer Jadhav, who has been subsequently sentenced to death by a Pak military court for alleged espionage. 
On Monday, India and Pakistan presented their arguments before the International Court of Justice with New Delhi demanding the immediate suspension of his death sentence and Islamabad accusing it of using the world body as a stage for “political theatre” through a “misconceived” plea.
The two neighbours—who last faced off at the ICJ 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft—India took the Jadhav case to the world court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention and conducting a “farcical trial” for convicting Jadhav without a “shred of evidence”.
After hearing the arguments of the two sides, the court said it will issue its order on India’s request for provisional measures “as soon as possible”.“The date on which this order will be delivered at a public sitting will be duly communicated to the parties,” the court said.
India demanded the immediate suspension of Jadhav’s death sentence, expressing fears that Pakistan could execute him even before the hearing at the ICJ was over.
However, Pakistan asserted that Jadhav’s execution was not imminent, saying that a time frame of 150 days is provided for seeking clemency and in Jadhav’s case even if it started on April 10, 2017, the date of his conviction, the period could extend to well beyond August, 2017.
India made a forceful submission as the ICJ began hearing the case of the 46-year-old former Navy officer who was arrested on March 3 last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities.
“Jadhav has not got the right to get proper legal assistance and the right to consular access. There is an immediate threat to him to be executed even before a decision is passed,” joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Deepak Mittal told the court in his opening remarks.
Representing India, lead attorney Harish Salve said, “The execution of the death sentence cannot be done while this court is hearing the appeal. Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention.”

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