India files fresh set of pleas at ICJ; in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

The Kulbushan Jadhav case is once again in the spotlight.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has authorized the submission of India’s reply in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The ICJ has also authorized submission of a rejoinder by Pakistan.

It need be recalled that as per the ICJ’s order dated 17 January 2018, deadlines of 17 April and 17 July were set as the respective deadlines for India and Pakistan to file their written pleas.

India filed its fresh set of pleas in the ICJ on Tuesday.

India had moved The Hague-based ICJ in May last year after Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

A 10-member bench of the ICJ on 18 May had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

It added that India remained committed to make all possible efforts to secure and protect the rights of Jadhav.

India has been quick to point out that trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was farce and stands no legitimacy.

In its statement, the MEA reiterated this stand.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on 3 March, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

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