India on Tuesday filed a fresh set of pleadings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) relating to the case of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April last year on charges of espionage and terrorism.
The second round of written reply by India was in response to the submissions by Pakistan in the ICJ last December, the MEA said.
India had moved the ICJ in May last after Jadhav was sentenced. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
“In keeping with the Order of the International Court of Justice of 17 January 2018, India today submitted its reply in the court in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the MEA said.
Following an order by the ICJ, India had filed its written pleadings on September 13, 2017, and Pakistan submitted its “counter-memorial” on December 13 last. “Today, India filed its Reply to Pakistan’s submissions to the court. Pakistan has been given time till July 17 by the court to file its response (Rejoinder),” the MEA said.
India has been maintaining that the trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was “farcical”. In its statement on Tuesday, the MEA reiterated this stand.