We will be completely happy when Kulbhushan Jhadav is released by Pakistan and returns to India, his uncle told India Today TV after ICJ verdict.
The verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that held Pakistan guilty of violating the Vienna Convention in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is positive news, said Kulbhusha’s uncle Subhash Jadhav. Speaking to India Today TV after the ICJ verdict on Wednesday, Subhash Jadhav, a retired ACP, said though the verdict is a positive one, the family will be happy when Kulbhushan Jadhav returns home.
“We will be completely happy when Kulbhushan is released by Pakistan and he returns to India,” he said.
Subhash Jadhav said Kulbhushan’s family is awaiting his return.
Kulbhushan Jadhav is a retired Indian Navy officer who was arrested by Pakistan on March 3, 2016. Pakistan claims Kulbhushan Jadhav was an Indian spy. In 2017, a Pakistani military court held him guilty of espionage and sentenced him to death.
India on the other hand had been contesting these charges at the ICJ for the past two years. India has held that Pakistan abducted Kulbhushan Jadhav from Iran where he had business interests.
Reading out the verdict, President of the ICJ Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”.
What this effectively means is that the death sentence that was awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan is put on stay till the time the case and conviction are reviewed after Kulbhushan Jadhav gets diplomatic assistance.
The verdict in this high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete.
The ICJ bench also ruled by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had violated India’s rights to consular visits after Jadhav’s arrest.
Pakistan “deprived the Republic of India of the right to communicate with and have access to Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation,” the judges said.
Pakistan was under the obligation to inform India about the arrest and detention of Jadhav under the Vienna Convention, Judge Yusuf ruled.