New Delhi, April 19: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking directions to the central government to approach the International Court of Justice to release Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadav. Kulbhushan Jadav was recently awarded the capital punishment by a military court to which Indian government has severally criticised. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in her address to the Rajya Sabha said that India would consider his sentence a pre-mediated murder. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale will meet soon Pakistan Foreign Secretary to seek consular access to Kulbhushan Jadav. Pakistan has already dismissed for 13 times consecutively.Also Read - Delhi High Court Seeks Kejriwal Govt's Reply on Plea to Resume All Weekly Markets | Details Inside

Addressing the Rajya Sabha over the matter, she had said, “Our position on this matter is clear. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Shri Jadhav. If anything, he is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan’s well-known record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism. Under these circumstances, we have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder.” Also Read - Rajya Sabha Congratulates PV Sindhu For Winning Olympic Medal

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge too said that government must put all efforts to save the life of Kulbhushan Jadhav. He said, “We have given a notice on this. Government must try to release him. He was a businessman and was doing business. If Pakistan abducts him and hangs him then this is not fair. Our Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister must put their efforts to release him.” Also Read - International Travel Restrictions Likely To Be Eased For Indian Students When Covid Situation Improves, Says MEA in Rajya Sabha