New Delhi, May 20: Markandey Katju, the former Supreme Court judge, lashed out at the Centre for approaching International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Kulbhushan Jadhav’s issue, saying, “It was a serious mistake for India to go to ICJ.” Jadhav, a former Naval officer, was last month awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan on espionage charges. On May 18, ICJ stayed the death sentence of Jadhav till the final verdict in the case.
The former SC judge penned his opinion in a post on his Facebook page. He wrote, in his opinion, it was wrong on the Narendra Modi government to knock the doors of ICJ as we have played into Pakistan’s hands. With this, he hinted that this and given it a handle to open up many other issues.
My own opinion is that it was a serious mistake for India to go to the ICJ on this issue, as we have played into Pakistan’s hands, and given it a handle to open up many other issues, wrote former judge of Apex Court. He also wrote that the neighbouring country did not seriously object to the jurisdiction of ICJ. Katju, bluntly, in his post, stated that Pakistan will now approach ICJ over Kashmir dispute, adding, ” it will then hardly lie in our mouth to object to the jurisdiction of ICJ.”
“Pakistan must be very happy that we went to the ICJ over a single individual’s fate, as now they can raise all kinds of issues, particularly Kashmir, in international fora, to which we had always objected till now,” he further stated on Facebook blasting Indian authorities.
By going to ICJ India has opened up a Pandora’s box, added Katju in his last line.