Kulbhushan Jadhav News
A Pak panel has approved govt's bill to seek review of Kulbhushan Jadhav's conviction Jadhav has been sentenced to death by a Pak military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017 The Hague-based ICJ ruled in July 2019 that Pakistan must undertake an "effective review'' of Jadhav's conviction
Pakistan has rejected India`s demand that an Indian lawyer or a Queen counsel should be appointed in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case to ensure a free and fair trial. "Allowing a Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav is out of the question as only a lawyer with a license to practice in Pakistan can appear before the court," Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri said A Queen`s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed as counsel to the United Kingdom`s Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor, Pakistan’s leading Geo News reported. Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan directed the federal government to give India another chance to appoint a lawyer to represent Jadhav and adjourned the hearing for a month.
Pakistan’s Parliament has extended an ordinance that allowed Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal against his conviction in a high court for four months. Jadhav is required to file an appeal against his conviction in a high by the International Court of Justice. The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance promulgated in May was set to expire on September 17 but the National Assembly or the lower house on Monday through a voice vote extended it for four months, news agency PTI quoted the Dawn News as saying. Jadhav, the 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017.
A Pakistan court on Thursday gave India another chance to appoint counsel for death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav The High Court also adjourned further hearing of the matter till October 6. 50-year-old retired Indian Navy officer has been convicted by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" in April 2017 and given the death sentence
India on Thursday asserted that Kulbhushan Jadhav should be represented by an Indian lawyer as Pakistan seeks to implement the ICJ judgment of 2019. The MEA said that India is in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels as it believes for a free and fair trial in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ICJ judgment.
Pakistan on Thursday evening offered India unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav with no mandatory use of English as a medium for conversation. It also invited India to be a part of the case proceedings of Jadhav on September 3 at the Islamabad High Court. Pakistan also conveyed that India can appoint a lawyer of its own choice to fight the case.
India on Thursday asserted that there has been no communication from Pakistan on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. India replied when asked if Pakistan has reached out to India after Islamabad Court's order that India should be given another chance to appoint a lawyer to defend Jadhav. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated that Indian officials need unhindered and unimpeded consular access to Jadhav.
A special bench of the Islamabad High Court on Monday directed Pakistani government to inform Kulbhushan Jadhav of his right to avail "statutory remedy". It also asked the government to "authorise" India to arrange a lawyer for the case. The Imran Khan government had gone to the high court to get a lawyer under an ordinance announced by it in May.
India on Thursday slammed Pakistan over its non-serious and farcical approach in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. India said that Pakistan isn't interested in implementing the judgment of the ICJ in letter and spirit. The MEA asserted that Pakistan has blocked all the avenues for an effective remedy available for India in the matter.
The ICJ has once again reiterated that the judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is “binding, final and without appeal”. In July 2019, the ICJ, in its verdict, directed Pakistan to allow consular access and effectively review the death sentence. The court observed that Pakistan had breached international law by not granting consular access.