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Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict: ‘Truth, justice prevails,’ PM Modi welcomes judgment

Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict Today Highlights: Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, a retired Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 18, 2019 3:15:01 am
Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict Today Live News, Kulbhushan Jadhav Case Hearing Kulbhushan Jadhav ICJ Verdict Live Updates: Kulbhushan Jadhav, 49, a retired Navy officer, was arrested allegedly on March 3, 2016.

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.

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International Court of Justice verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case between India and Pakistan today. Highlights

22:52 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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.

22:49 (IST)17 Jul 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."

22:44 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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."

22:39 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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. 

21:48 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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. 

21:39 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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."

21:36 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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. 

21:29 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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."

21:22 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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."

21:20 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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,"

20:57 (IST)17 Jul 2019
Will now proceed 'as per law' in Jadhav case: Pakistan on ICJ verdict

Responding to the ICJ's verdict, Pakistan government say it will now proceed "as per law" in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, PTI reported.

20:51 (IST)17 Jul 2019
'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.

20:44 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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.

20:35 (IST)17 Jul 2019
'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."

20:30 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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.

20:24 (IST)17 Jul 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.

20:12 (IST)17 Jul 2019
'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.

20:08 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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.

19:54 (IST)17 Jul 2019
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.

19:49 (IST)17 Jul 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 LIVE updates: ICJ to hear Pakistan’s submissions today Jadhav, 49, a retired Navy officer, was arrested allegedly on March 3, 2016, and India was informed on March 25.

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 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.

Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict today: A look at India’s arguments and Pakistan’s defence

Referring to “the extreme gravity and immediacy of the threat that authorities in Pakistan would execute an Indian citizen”, India asked for the execution to be put on hold.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: A timeline of the case at The Hague

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.

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