Digital Desk, New Delhi. India on Thursday rejected a Pakistani law designed to implement the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, saying Pakistan was denying Jadhav diplomatic access without any hindrance. Pakistan on Wednesday passed a bill in a joint session of Parliament to give Jadhav the right to appeal against the death sentence as per the ICJ’s decision. In response, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen reports of Pakistan promulgating an earlier ordinance to implement the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.”
He said that nothing could be further from the truth. Bagchi said, as stated earlier, the ordinance did not create a mechanism for effective review and review of Jadhav’s case, as mandated in the ICJ judgment. He said that Pakistan has been denying Jadhav unhindered and unhindered access to counselors and has failed to create an environment in which a fair trial can take place. India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to follow the ICJ’s decision in letter and spirit.
Jadhav, a 51-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017 on charges of espionage and terrorism. India had approached the ICJ against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav, besides challenging the death penalty. In December 2017, Jadhav’s wife and mother were allowed to meet across a glass wall.