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India files fresh pleadings in ICJ in Jadhav case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today filed a fresh set of pleadings in the (ICJ) relating to the case of its national Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April last year on charges of espionage and terrorism.

The second round of written reply by in the case was in response to the submissions by in the ICJ on December 13 last year, the (MEA)said.

had moved The Hague-based ICJ in May last after Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism. A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18 had restrained from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

"In keeping with the Order of the of 17 Janaury 2018, India today submitted its reply in the court in the case of Jadhav," the MEA said.

It said India remains committed to make all possible efforts to "secure and protect" the rights of Jadhav.

Following an order by the ICJ, India had filed its written pleadings in the case on September 13, 2017 and submitted its "counter memorial" on December 13 last.

"Today, India filed its Reply to Pakistan's submissions to the court. Pakistan has been given time till July 17 by the court to file its response (Rejoinder)," the MEA said.

India has been maintaining that the trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was "farcical". In its statement today, the MEA reiterated this stand.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from

However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from where he had business interests after retiring from the Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

India had approached the ICJ for "egregious" violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, by Pakistan in Jadhav's case.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the grounds that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:20 IST