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U.S.: Indian community seeks Trump's intervention to save Kulbhushan Jadhav

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Indian-American community in the United States has launched a seeking the Washington's intervention to bring justice to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was recently sentenced to death by a

"This seeks justice for Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav an Indian citizen and ex-naval officer aged about 46 years who was abducted from and taken to Pakistan," reads the that was created on April 14.

It adds that the charges against Jadhav of and spying for India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), is totally false and baseless.

"The fact that isn't given consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav clearly proves the point that the charges over which death sentence is awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav are false and fabricated," the petition argues.

"In view of above, I humbly request appropriate and capable authorities to intervene in the matter and make sure that Mr Kulbhushan Jadhav doesn't get punished for the act which which he never committed. I also united nation to look in to this matter thank you," it added.

The petition needs 97,271 signatures by May 14, 2017 to get a response from the White House. So far, 2,729 people have signed it.

Jadhav was awarded death penalty on April 10 in an unprecedented decision that triggered diplomatic spat between and

The Army has ruled out any consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying he is not eligible for it as per the laws.

"Kulbhushan is not eligible for consular access nor will be granted consular access," said Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier warned Islamabad that it risked damaging bilateral ties with New Delhi if it went ahead with the execution of Jadhav.

Jadhav was arrested in March last year in the restive Balochistan province and accused of being a Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) agent.

has, however, so far categorically denied such charges.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 21:29 IST