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India gives judges' names to Pakistan for panel's revival

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Following Swaraj's suggestion last year, on Thursday communicated to the names of four judges to revive the mechanism of the which looks into humanitarian issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other's custody.

The names recommended from the Indian side are Justice (Retd.) Jaspal Singh, former of the Delhi High Court; Justice (Retd.) Harshvadan B. Antani, former of the Gujarat High Court; Justice (Retd.) Deo Narayan Thanvi, former of the Rajasthan High Court; and Justice (Retd.) Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, former Judge of the Delhi High Court, according to an statement.

In the face of the chill in bilateral relations, Swaraj suggested that the two sides could progress on humanitarian issues related to elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners when High Commissioner called on her in October last year after freshly assuming office.

The was first formed in 2007. It consisted of retired judges of the higher judiciary who visited and met prisoners in each other's jails and proposed steps to ensure humane treatment and expedite release of prisoners and fishermen who have completed their prison terms.

The Committee met seven times and the last meeting was hosted by in October 2013.

Going with Swaraj's suggestion, responded positively in March this year with then Pakistan approving the proposals.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 21:10 IST