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Kulbhushan Jadhav row: ICJ verdict in favour of India, says experts

ICJ said that case is debatable, while also adding that ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case

ANI  |  New Delhi | Nagpur 

File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'
File photo of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage'

As filed a plea with the International of Justice (ICJ) to rehear stay on former Indian Naval officer and alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, defence experts on Saturday said that the Pakistan's case is too weak and expressed confidence that no matter what does the court's verdict will be in favour of

"The case itself is weak, whether file a plea or not the case will remain as it is and the will stand firm in providing legal access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and also that the death sentence should be stayed," Colonel Sunil Deshpande told ANI.

He said that case was weak, due to which it has faced lots of criticism in its own country and added that no matter what Pakistan does, the fact remains that its image has gone down completely across the world.

Echoing similar sentiments another Ranjit Rai asserted that the Pakistan is in a state of shock with the decision of and added that may file a plea but the case is wide open and court's decision will be awaited.

"Pakistan is shelf shocked with the decision of the international of justice. They cannot hang Jadhav nor can they do anything without the full trial going through in the Pakistan row," Rai told ANI.

Earlier on Friday, a day after the stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav by the Pakistan military court, filed a plea in Hague to rehear the case within six weeks.

"Pakistan was set to re-challenge the jurisdiction of the International of Justice after it granted injunction on Thursday on an Indian plea to stay Jadhav's execution," said Dunya News.

Earlier in a major reprieve to India, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations cited that both - and Pakistan - were bound by the Vienna Convention and that the rights invoked by New Delhi under the Vienna Convention were plausible.

Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ said 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.

A military court awarded death sentence to Jadhav on April 10 on spying and terrorism charges. According to law, he can make a clemency appeal to the Chief of the Pakistan Army within 60 days of the verdict of the appellate court.

This means Jadhav can challenge till the end of Saturday his death sentence in an appellate court.

First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 05:57 IST