New Delhi: The Government on Thursday said ICJ judgement on Kulbhushan Jadhav was a “vindication of not only Jadhav but all those who believe in the rule of the law.” (Also read: Indian Jubilates Over ICJ Verdict, Jadhav Family Lives in Fear)

Addressing the Rajya Sabha, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said Jadhav was in “illegal” custody of Pakistan under “fabricated” charges and so he called  “upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Jadhav.”

He added, “Jadhav is innocent of the charges levelled against him. We once again call on Pakistan to release and repatriate him to India. His family has shown exemplary courage even in challenging times like this.”

“I am sure that the House will join me in welcoming this landmark judgement,” he added.

He assured the House that the government will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Kulbhushan Jadhav’s safety and well being and added, “I am very happy that the entire House is together in welcoming the ICJ judgement. Hope we will pursue (the case) till Kulbhushan is released,” Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said in Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had appreciated the decision of ICJ to not acquit, release and return Jadhav. Hailing the verdict, Khan had tweeted, “He (Kulbhushan Jadhav) is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law.”

The verdict in the Jadhav case was delivered on Wednesday in favour of India. Reading out the verdict, President of the ICJ Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf had ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”.

The ICJ had put aside death sentence granted by Pakistan on Jadhav and asked the country for a review following the diplomatic assistance to him.

Although Pakistan had lost most of its arguments by a vote of 15-1, the Imran Khan-led government still claimed victory as the ICJ had rejected India’s demand of Jadhav’s release repatriation. Now it is upon Pakistan to show if it follows a process that’s fair while reviewing the case.