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India has won first round: Nikam on ICJ order in Jadhav case

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Noted lawyer today termed the International of Justice verdict staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by as India's victory in "the first battle."

The ICJ today stayed the execution of Jadhav who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military on charges of espionage and subversive activities.

"We have won the first battle and have exposed on the international forum as to how they have violated human rights," said Nikam, who has appeared as the special public prosecutor in several high-profile cases including the 26/11 terror attack case.

In Jadhav's case, the Pakistani didn't follow the principles of natural justice, and even the ICJ observed that irreparable damage would be caused to and Jadhav (if the sentence is executed), Nikam said here.

Jadhav has been falsely implicated and the sole evidence against him is only his confession which could have been obtained under duress, Nikam said.

Pakistan's stand that it does not accept ICJ's jurisdiction clearly "vindicates" India's position, he added.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 20:57 IST