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More politicos welcome ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadav

ANI  |  New Delhi/ Mumbai (Maharashtra)/ Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] 

The decision of the International of Justice to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadav was applauded by the politicians cutting across party lines.

Former home secretary and (BJP) leader R.K. Singh told ANI, "It's a big victory for us. I must laud the MEA and Sushma (Swaraj). Their decision to go to the ICJ was a good decision. I don't think will defy this order, if they wanted to defy this order, they would not have joined the process at all... even if they don't follow the order, their reputation, which is already down the pits, will go down further."

Another leader Rahul Sinha said, "It is good news for and its citizens. And, I would like to thank this government, especially Prime Minister Modi, for the effort taken by the "

Nationalist (NCP) leader Majid Memon said would not defy the order as the reputation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his would be at stake.

"I am glad that we have successfully persuaded the to accept that and Jadhav have been denied principles of equity, fair play and natural justice. The has in fact directed that is not going to execute till the conclusion of the proceedings," Memon told ANI.

Earlier, the ICJ stayed the execution and upheld India's right to have consular access to the former naval officer.

Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case.

Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer.

The only condition under which Jadhav now stands to face execution is if does not comply with the ICJ's decision. can then go to the Security Council, which may then decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgement.

The UN charter entails that 'each member of the United Nations undertakes to comply with the decision of the International of Justice' and 'if any party to a case fails to perform the obligations, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council.

A military had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged "espionage and subversive activities."

However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 20:52 IST