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India welcomes ICJ verdict on Jadhav; says binding on Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today welcomed as "unanimous, favourable and unambiguous" the verdict of the International of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted that it is binding on Terming the ICJ order as the "first step in ensuring justice" to Jadhav, in custody for more than a year and sentenced to death last month by a military that convicted him of alleged spying and subversive activities, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the will do everything possible to save Jadhav's life. The ICJ in the Hague has delivered a "unanimous, favourable, clear and unambiguous order on India's request for provisional measures in the Jadhav case.

It has asked to take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," he said. Asked about the statement by the foreign office that it does not accept the ICJ's jurisdiction in matters related to national security, Baglay said ICJ President Judge Ronny Abraham has made it very clear that the verdict is "legally binding international obligation". He also referred to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's comments that the will "leave no stone unturned" to save Jadhav. Soon after the ICJ pronounced the order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his satisfaction and spoke to Swaraj, who described the verdict as a "great relief" to family and people of They both thanked senior lawyer Harish Salve, who headed a battery of lawyers presenting India's case. On whether will again request for consular access to Jadhav, Baglay said New Delhi's request is pending with and if Islamabad wants, it can grant access "at anytime". When pressed further on whether will make a fresh plea for access to Jadhav, he said the matter was in the international court, suggesting that the matter may not be taken bilaterally with On Jadhav's appeal process, he said "unfortunately, has no information on the issue." There is no information that what has happened to the appeal by Jadhav's mother which was handed over to the foreign secretary by Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad, he added. According to Pakistani side, Jadhav had 40 days to appeal from the date of verdict which was April 10. He also noted that as per the information available, has also not taken any action on the visa requested by Jadhav's family to travel to to meet him and appeal in person, if required. Asked if like China also refuses to abide by the ICJ ruling, the spokesperson said is a law-abiding country and it expects all other countries also to adhere to such verdicts. However, he did not elaborate, saying he would not like to speculate about what would happen in future in the case which was now "sub-judice". The ICJ is seized off the case and it will work according to its provision and rules, he added. In a major boost to India, the ICJ stayed Jadhav's execution and asked to inform it "of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order".

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 21:22 IST