Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict: In a massive victory for India, the International Court of Justice, in a 15:1 verdict, has granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and directed Pakistan to review and reconsider the conviction and sentence of Jadhav. Pakistan’s judge was the lone dissenter.
However, the International Court of Justice has rejected remedies sought by India, including annulment of military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.
Jadhav, 49, a retired Navy officer, was arrested allegedly on March 3, 2016, and India was informed on March 25. He was sentenced to death on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
While Pakistan claims that it arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016, after he reportedly entered from Iran, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.
During the hearing at ICJ, India pointed out the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.
International Court of Justice verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case between India and Pakistan today. Highlights
Jadhav will remain in Pak: Foreign min Qureshi
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Jadhav will remain in Pakistan and called ICJ's verdict as a victory for Pakistan.
Commander Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan. This is a victory for Pakistan. #KulbhushanVerdict— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) July 17, 2019
Thoughts with Jadhav, alone in prison: Rahul gandhi welcomes ICJ verdict
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says, "I welcome the ICJ verdict. My thoughts tonight are with #KulbhushanJadhav , alone in a prison cell in Pakistan & with his distraught family for whom this verdict brings a rare moment of relief, joy & renewed hope, that he will one day be free to return to his home in India."
I welcome the ICJ verdict.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 17, 2019
My thoughts tonight are with #KulbhushanJadhav , alone in a prison cell in Pakistan & with his distraught family for whom this verdict brings a rare moment of relief, joy & renewed hope, that he will one day be free to return to his home in India 🇮🇳
Verdict is victory of truth, protects human dignity: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "A great day at the @CIJ_ICJ! The verdict is a victory of truth and protects human dignity.It is yet another manifestation of Modi Government’s diplomatic efforts and commitment to protect all Indians.I congratulate Harish Salve ji for his stupendous efforts through the case."
A great day at the @CIJ_ICJ! The verdict is a victory of truth and protects human dignity.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 17, 2019
It is yet another manifestation of Modi Government’s diplomatic efforts and commitment to protect all Indians.
I congratulate Harish Salve ji for his stupendous efforts through the case.
Spoke to Jadhav's family, applaud their courage: Jaishankar
Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar today spoke to Kulbhushan Jadhav's family and apllauded their courage. Jaishankar said he will speak in Rajya Sabha tomorrow regarding Jadhav's verdict.
Pak's conduct under watch, in case of farcical attempt, we go back to court: Salve
Lawyer in Jadhav's case Harish Salve case said Pakistan's conduct is under watch and if they try another farcical attempt, India will go back in court. "We expect Pakistan to do whatever it has to do including appropriate legislative measures to guarantee a fair trial. So Pakistan's conduct is under watch and if what they do is another farcical attempt, we will be back in the Court," says Salve.
"Pakistan had based allegations of what we lawyers call 'abuse of process' & said that is another ground why India shouldn't be allowed the relief it seeks. That has been rejected. ICJ held that Pakistan is guilty of internationally wrongful acts," Salve said.
ICJ rejected Pak argument that Jadhav's nationality was uncertain: Adv Harish Salve
Commenting on Jadhav's nationaltiy brought up in court, Salve said, "Pakistan repeatedly played slides of what it claimed was passport it had recovered from Jadhav. Not only did the Court get drawn into it, this displaying passport led to the court rejecting Pakistan's argument that Jadhav's nationality was uncertain."
Lot of adjectives were used by Pakistan in court: Adv Harish Salve
Addressing the media, lawyer in the Jadhav case Harish Salve that ICJ directed that a fair trail will be conducted in accordance with the Pakistan Constitution. "They (ICJ) said,a fair trial in accordance with the Pakistan constitution. If it's back in military court with the same rule where outside lawyers aren't allowed, we aren't allowed. Access isn't given, evidence isn't given. It won't meet standards," Salve said in a presser.
"I have a degree of personal satisfaction that a lot of adjectives were used by Pakistan, even in replying at court I characterise them as unfortunate. I said it's my upbringing and India's tradition which stood in my way of replying to them in that language," Salve said.
We have to see process how Pak proves Jadhav is a spy: Adv Harish Salve
Responding to meida questions, lawyer Harish Salve says, "What we have seen are the allegations that he (Jadhav) is a spy, what we have to see is the process of how you (Pakistan) prove it."
ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed: Adv Harish Salve
Lawyer in Jadhav's case Harish Salve addresses the media and says, "Want to start by expressing gratitude of my country to the ICJ for the manner in which it intervened in this case. It protected Kulbhushan Jadhav from being executed, in a hearing which was put together in a matter of days."
Great victory for India: Devendra Fadnavis
"Great victory for India. Great news from International Court of Justice in #KulbhushanJadhav case! We Salute the efforts by our Hon PM @narendramodi ji in taking this case before ICJ & successful representation by Harish Salve ji! Big relief to Jadhav family,"
Great victory for India 🇮🇳— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 17, 2019
Great news from International Court of Justice in #KulbhushanJadhav case!
We Salute the efforts by our Hon PM @narendramodi ji in taking this case before ICJ & successful representation by Harish Salve ji!
Big relief to Jadhav family!#KulbhushanVerdict
Will now proceed 'as per law' in Jadhav case: Pakistan on ICJ verdict
'Leave no stone unturned': Congress urges govt to get Jadhav's release
The Congress urged the Centre to "leave no stone unturned" in Jadhav's release and return to India. "While we support the ICJ's decision to stay the death sentence, we will continue to demand the release of #KulbhushanJadhav.We urge the Indian Govt to leave no stone unturned to get the ICJ to reverse this part," the party said on Twitter.
While we support the ICJ's decision to stay the death sentence, we will continue to demand the release of #KulbhushanJadhav.— Congress (@INCIndia) July 17, 2019
We urge the Indian Govt to leave no stone unturned to get the ICJ to reverse this part.
Expect Pak to implement ICJ's directive on consular access immediately, says MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs validates and welcomes the ICJ judgment directing Pakistan to implement the consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav "immediately".
"We note that the Court had directed that Pakistan is udner an obligation to inform Shri Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide Indian consular access officers access to him in accordance with the Vienna Convention. We expect Pakistan to implement the directive immediately," the statement read.
In a statement, the MEA appreciated the direction by the ICJ that Pakistan should review and reconsider the conviction and sentence given to Jadhav by the Pakistani military court.
The MEA vouches to work "vigourously" for Jadhav's early release and return to India.
'Truth, justice prevails', PM Modi welcomes verdict
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes the verdict and says, "We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian."
We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 17, 2019
Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
Pak erred not providing consular access, delighted with positive verdict: Tharoor
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is delighted with the verdict and hopes for an early release of Jadhav. "Delighted by the expected positive ICJ verdict in the #KulbhushanJadhav case finding that Pakistan had erred in not providing consular access. Only one of the 16-member panel of judges had a dissenting opinion in the #KulbhushanVerdict&that was the Pak judge. Hope4early release," Tharoor says.
Delighted by the expected positive ICJ verdict in the #KulbhushanJadhav case finding that Pakistan had erred in not providing consular access. Only one of the 16-member panel of judges had a dissenting opinion in the #KulbhushanVerdict&that was the Pak judge. Hope4early release.— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 17, 2019
Mumbai: People throng streets wearing 'India with Kulbhushan' t-shirts
At Parel in south Mumbai, where Kulbhushan Jadhav lived for some years, friends and relatives watched the ICJ proceedings live on a TV, with a prayer on their lips. A friend of Kulbhushan said they arranged for a TV set where they would sit together and watch the ICJ ruling. After the ruling, they released balloons and pigeons in the sky as a gesture of peace.
Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends watched the telecast wearing 'India with Kulbhushan' T-shirts and also offered special prayers ahead of the ICJ verdict.
'Govt should pressurise Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav'
A villager from Satara said Kulbhushan Jadhav has built a house in his farm at Javli and used to visit the village two-three times a year. "The government should get him released at any cost. It is their responsibility. India should pressurise Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav," PTI quoted the villager as saying.
Kulbhushan Jadhav's village erupts in joy after ICJ verdict
Residents of Satara, a small village in this western Maharashtra district, Wednesday celebrated as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav, PTI reported. People in Jadhav's native Javli village in Satara district condemned Pakistan and demanded the immediate release of the retired Indian Navy officer.
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Son of our soil must be back soon with his family, says Kejriwal
Welcoming the ICJ judgment on Kulbhushan Jadhav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said truth and justice had prevailed. "I warmly welcome the ICJ judgment staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav and granting consular access to India. Truth and justice prevails. This son of our soil must be back soon with his family," Kejriwal tweeted.
I warmly welcome the ICJ judgment staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav & granting consular access to India. Truth and justice prevails. This son of our soil must be back soon with his family.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 17, 2019
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Three-week delay by Pakistan in informing India about arrest, says ICJ
The ICJ observes that there was a three-week delay in informing India about Kulbhushan Jadhav's arrest on March 3, 2016, leading to a "breach" of Pakistan's obligations under the convention. Noting that India has made a number of requests for the consular access, which was denied by Pakistan, the court said it was "undisputed" fact that Pakistan did not accede to India's appeals. The court said that Pakistan has not explained how any of the wrongful acts allegedly committed by India may have prevented it from fulfilling its obligation.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Judge from China sides with majority, lone dissenting judge from Pakistan
Interesting, even the judge from China, considered Pakistan's all-weather ally, voted in favour of India. The lone dissenting judge was from Pakistan.
Highlights of ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case
Here are the highlights of the ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case:
* Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
* Pakistan had violated India's rights to consular visits after his arrest.
* The court found by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan breached Jadhav's rights under Vienna convention on consular relations
* ICJ rejects annulment of military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ delivers 'justice' in true sense of the word, says Chidambaram
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Wednesday welcomed the International Court of Justice verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, saying justice has been delivered in the true sense of that word. "ICJ delivers 'justice' in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law," senior Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted. "A 15:1 verdict is actually a unanimous verdict," he said.
ICJ delivers ‘justice’ in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) July 17, 2019
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Major win for the country, says Congress
Congress welcomes the verdict by the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case. The political party said it is a major win for the country.
We welcome the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the #KulbhushanJhadhav case. This is a big win for India & we will continue to pray for his early return.— Congress (@INCIndia) July 17, 2019
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Proceedings of case took more than two years to complete
The verdict in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete.
ICJ rejects India's request for Kulbhushan Jadhav's safe passage to country
However, the International Court of Justice has rejected remedies sought by India, including annulment of military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.
Kulbhushan Yadav's uncle: Want to see Kulbhushan come out alive from Pakistan
Reacting to the ICJ judgment, retired ACP Subhash Jadhav, Kulbhushan's uncle, said, "While we are happy with the efforts put in by the Indian government, we want to see Kulbhushan come out alive from Pakistan. Till the time that does not happen, the fear will remain."
Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends and relatives celebrate ICJ verdict
Here are some more pictures of Kulbhushan Jadhav's friends and relatives celebrating the ICJ verdict in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: No doubt a big victory for India, says Rajnath Singh
Reacting to the ICJ verdict, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says, "International Court of Justice has directed Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is no doubt a big victory for India."
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Celebrations begin in India
Friends of Kulbhushan Jadhav celebrate in Mumbai after International Court of Justice rules in favour of India. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Pakistan violated Vienna Convention, says ICJ
While asserting that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention, the International Court of Justice says India has right to consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. Court says Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
Kulbhushan verdict: ICJ rejects Pakistan's objections to admissibility of India's petition
The ICJ says India was under no obligation to consider other dispute settle mechanism prior to instituting proceedings. "Pakistan's objection based on alleged non-compliance can not be upheld," ICJ rules.
Court is of no doubt Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian, says ICJ
Both parties have considered Kulbhushan Jadhav to be an Indian national, said Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. "The court is of no doubt that Jadhav is an Indian national," he says.
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Sushma Swaraj welcomes ICJ judgment
Meanwhile, former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has welcomed the verdict of the ICJ in favour of India. "I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India," Swaraj tweeted.
I wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 17, 2019
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict soon
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) begins reading out judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Indian team arrives at ICJ
A team comprising lawyer Harish Salve, who was representing India in the case, and Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran), Deepak Mittal and India's Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony have arrived at International Court of Justice for the judgment.
Hague, Netherlands: India's Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony and MEA Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran) Deepak Mittal arrive at International Courts of Justice for #KulbhushanJadhav case's verdict pic.twitter.com/wGfoorqJk7— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2019
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Pakistan allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet him in 2017
So has there been any contact from the Indian side with Kulbhushan Jadhav in these three years since his arrest. While there has been no diplomatic contact, in December 2017, Pakistan allowed Jadhav’s mother Avanti and wife Chetna to meet him on “humanitarian grounds”. India, however, said the Pakistan government created an “intimidating” atmosphere where Jadhav’s mother and wife were “harassed” and “hectored”. India said they were asked to change their attire as well as remove their mangalsutra, bindis and bangles, and repeatedly interrupted from speaking in Marathi and Hindi.
ICJ has restrained Pakistan from executing Kulbhushan Jadhav
On May 9, 2017, the ICJ asked the two countries to present their arguments and until such time, asked Pakistan not to do anything. On May 15, the two sides presented their arguments; on May 18, the 10-member-bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav until a final verdict is given.
Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: When did India move ICJ and why
India first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017, over Pakistan’s “egregious violation” of provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, by repeatedly denying it consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. India argued that it had not been informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan had failed to inform him of his rights. India also alleged that it had learned about the death sentence against Jadhav from a press release. Here is a timeline of the case
Kulbhushan Jadhav's uncle: Hoping and praying that judgment will be in our favour
Kulbhushan Jadhav is the son of Sudhir Jadhav, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai. His uncle Subhash Jadhav was in charge of the Bandra police station in 2002 when the hit-and-run case was registered there against Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Speaking on today's verdict, Subhash Jadhav said, " We are hoping and praying that the judgment will be in our favour."