Major diplomatic win for India, ICJ suspends Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

The Hush Post | 7:28 pm | One-minute read |

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has suspended the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Ruling in India’s favour the ICJ also affirmed the right of consular access to Jadhav.

The court said Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the decision. India had appealed against the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan.

President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, read out the verdict during a public sitting at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.

However, the court rejected most rejected most of the remedies sought by India. The Indian authorities had sought annulment of the military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

India had maintained that the 49-year-old retired Navy officer was a businessman who has been kidnapped by Pakistan. The neighbouring country on its part said Jadhav was an Indian spy.

A Pakistani military courth had sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in 2017. India had reacted sharply to Jadhav’s sentencing.

Meanwhile, defence minister Rajnath Singh hailed the verdict as a big victory for India. Union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari too dubbed it a huge diplomatic win.

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