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Immediately suspend Jadhav's death sentence: India at ICJ

Press Trust of India  |  The Hague 

today called for immediate suspension of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence and accused of violating the Vienna convention by denying its 16 requests for consular access.

As the International of Justice (ICJ) began hearing Jadhav's case, argued that human rights treated as "basics" all over had been thrown to the wind by


All requests for consular access to 46-year-old Jadhav had fallen on "deaf ears", it said.

The present situation, attorney Harish Salve said before the court, was grave and that is why had sought ICJ's indulgence.

is presenting its case first, followed by later in the day. Both sides will get 90 minutes each to argue their case before the UN's principal judicial body.

may avail a "short extension" beyond 90 minutes to present its case, the judge had said in his opening remarks.

A military had awarded the death sentence to Jadhav last month for espionage and subversive activities. Jadhav had been arrested on March 3 last year.

had appealed against the death sentence on May 8 alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by after its 16 requests for consular access were denied.

The next day, ICJ stayed the sentence.

India, in its appeal to the ICJ, has asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 14:32 IST
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