Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India to file written submission at the ICJ tomorrow

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The case of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav will take another turn today as India submits its initial pleadings, known as "memorial", to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

After Jadhav was awarded the death sentence for espionage, by a Pakistani court, India challenged the verdict in the top United Nations court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide him with consular access and for being in breach of global human rights law.

India approached the ICJ challenging the capital punishment, which on 18 May asked Pakistan to put on hold the execution until it comes out with a final judgment on the case. "However, the Indian effort to secure his freedom has delayed the judicial process in Pakistan, and I am sure in the coming hearing the Indian government will succeed in bringing back Jadhav to India", said BJP leader S Prakash.

After this, both India and Pakistan were asked to make their submissions before the ICJ.

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Another BJP leader Rahul Sinha also hoped for justice for Jadhav. "The court will take its decision". We should not comment on it.

On June 8, Indian and Pakistani representatives met the International Court of Justice's president, Ronny Abraham, to discuss a timeline for the case.

A statement by the Pakistani military's publicity wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in April this year that Jadhav was declared guilty of waging war against the country.

The recent developments in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have prompted Pakistan to also say that Jadhav had been secretly involved in creating security issues for the project. India has maintained he was abducted from the nearby Chabahar which is Iranian territory and that he had business interests there post his retirement from the Indian Navy. Islamabad also said the claim that Delhi wasn't provided consular access to Jadhav is far removed from the truth and it was "wholly inappropriate" for India to seek provisional measures from the ICJ.

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