NEW DELHI — Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence, awarded by Pakistan Supreme Court on charges of espionage and conspiracy against Pakistan, has been suspended by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Wednesday.
The ICJ verdict comes as a big win for India as International Court asked Pakistan to review its order of death sentence to Jadhav and asked for a fair trial.
The verdict was pronounced in favour of India with a 15:1 vote. Only Pakistan voted against the verdict.
The ICJ, while pronouncing its verdict, said, “Court finds that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.”
President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf read out the verdict at a public sitting at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, according to reports.
India has also been granted permission for consular access to Jadhav and Pakistan has been held guilty for denying India consular access to Jadhav.
Welcoming the ICJ verdict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, in a tweet, “truth, and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice.” He further said “Our Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.”
The Congress on Wednesday described the International Court of Justice’s order restraining Pakistan from hanging Kulbhushan Jadhav as a unanimous verdict saying it has “delivered justice in the true sense”.
In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered a continued stay on the execution of Jadhav and asked Pakistan to reconsider the sentence.
In a series of tweets, former Finance and Home Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidamaram said, “ICJ delivers ‘justice’ in the true sense of that word, upholding human rights, due procedure and the rule of law.”
“A 15:1 verdict is actually a unanimous verdict,” he said in another tweet.
(With media inputs)