Flew from all over, saved man from gallows: Justice Bhandari

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Bhandari said he and his fellow judges at the ICJ worked round-the-clock all of last week and the outcome was an unprecedented unanimous pronouncement.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 10:05 am
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Shortly after The Hague ruling Thursday, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, the Indian judge on the 11-member bench of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), described the order as a “hugely satisfying interim pronouncement which is a great diplomatic victory for India”.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Bhandari — he joined the ICJ in April 2012 — said he and his fellow judges at the ICJ worked round-the-clock all of last week and the outcome was an unprecedented unanimous pronouncement.

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“I am delighted that the International Court rose to the occasion and did what it could in such short notice. We have saved a person from the gallows. This will prove to be a very important case for the jurisprudence of human rights. Now the larger issues which have been raised by the dispute will be taken up by the court after a break,” he said.

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Justice Bhandari described the events which led to the quorum easily being formed to hear the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. He said once the ICJ was abreast of the matter, judges rose to the “call of duty” and took the first flight from different parts of the world to arrive at The Hague.

Then, for over a week, did nothing else but examine the submissions of India and Pakistan and write their observations. He said he had personally written a lengthy “declaration” on the dispute and was delighted that eventually, the pronouncement was one in which the entire bench concurred.

Describing the key facets of the Jadhav case, Justice Bhandari said, “This is a case in which Pakistan unfairly denied consular access.

India had sent 13 note verbale to Pakistan but not one was replied to. We do not even know whether Jadhav was allowed to file an appeal against the sentencing given by a military court in Pakistan. Then, it was in desperation that his mother filed an appeal. But there has been silence even after that. So it was a very difficult situation that the Indian government found itself in. And as I said, I am very satisfied at the outcome at The Hague.”

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    neeraj
    May 19, 2017 at 10:06 am
    read mindless instead of mondless
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      neeraj
      May 19, 2017 at 10:05 am
      fed up of mondless moderation at IE. In moderation some letters of the word go missing thereby making it dissicult to decipher the essence of the comment. Either publish the w-h-o-l-e comment or do not publish at all.
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        Venkatraman Shenoy
        May 19, 2017 at 11:40 am
        Neeraj, you are absolutely right. For example, if you post a single word response, P A K I S T A N, it will be senselessly cut to spell stan! What a stupid way to moderate! Earlier IE used to censor readers' repsonses w , now this!
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        ashok s
        May 19, 2017 at 8:56 am
        Thanks to Mr salve , justice bandari . But case is not yet over , it has just started . only diplomacy can help now . I will ask both nations , that this right time to reconcile differences . we both countries have species n herbs and plenty of foods to share. We don't need spy's like west . come let's show world brothers r brothers after all
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          Raja
          May 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
          Kudos to you, Ashok S, for a correct essment of the issue at hand. Will stan behave? That is the question.
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          Mohammad Dar
          May 19, 2017 at 4:57 am
          hindu crook does ,what he does best , hinduism crookedness, one has to be a hindu blinded not to recognize hinduism immorality of so called Judges of the , self proclaimed ICJ, without any authority, loaded with hindu forked tong hindus snakes in human form.
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            Dipak
            May 19, 2017 at 6:13 am
            This Musla does not understand the ongoing fights between Military and Civilian Governments in stan. Once they get rid of Military Terrorists, things will improve. In the meanwhile Hindus are doing great as always.
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              avi
              May 19, 2017 at 7:02 am
              you are a mentally ed PIG. you will die a ignoble death. This is my promised prediction to you. Be prepared for your Death by the Higher power. You are not going to live long you swine.
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                avi
                May 19, 2017 at 7:03 am
                and go and lick mohamad - my sincere wishes for you early death. In one month you will Dead. This is my promise to you.
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                  Subspan Raman
                  May 19, 2017 at 7:56 am
                  Better to be anything, even a parasite, then to be a sick Muslim like you. If there is a god, he will punish you eternally. Even parasitic worms can move up the evolutionary scale but not you.
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                    Prem Silhi
                    May 19, 2017 at 8:03 am
                    Mohammad Dar, by your name I can bet you are from Jammu & Kashmir. I will tell you this, Mohammad Dar, Hindu has gone through all known human experiences, good and bad, but it has been always with Hindu that people live in peace. Look at your namesakes on both sides of the border, be honest, tell me who is happy, with or without the Hindu population? Ask your dear father because you are brainwashed and your own enemy.
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                      M M Joshi
                      May 19, 2017 at 9:48 am
                      Why are you abusing your own ancestors . You did not come from a foreign land and are offspring of people who you call crooks. By this logic you must also be a crook because of same genes.
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                        rameshnk
                        May 19, 2017 at 10:35 am
                        The muslim pigs who are so so cultureless, mindless rascals got exposed in front of the w wrold. The w world once agaians came to know the worth of stani pigs. The world's most famous liers, characterless, always in denial - these rascals are so bad they will deny even their mothers as their own. They are such rascals to the core.
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                          poo ki
                          May 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                          Bajwa ne khud ne apni hi maa ke thok li phir bolte he Nawaz ne rape kiya! What a pathetic liar! Lying is in the founding DNA of the seventh century cult whose founder hiself was a liar, a chit and deceit.
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