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    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Proceedings adjourned in the International Court of Justice for tomorrow.

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    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: India invites court to restrain Pak from acting on conviction on ground that it was secured by means which was in violation of Article 36 of Vienna Convention and in the present case,relief of review and re-consideration would be highly inadequate,considering facts and circumstances, Harish Salve tells ICJ

  • 5:32 PM IST

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Tearing into the neighbouring country, Harish Salve, said,”Pakistan’s conduct doesn’t inspire confidence that Jadhav can get justice there. Pakistan has in custody an Indian National who has been publicly portrayed to be a terrorist and Indian agent creating unrest in Balochistan…Pak used Jadhav to build a narrative against India

  • 4:48 PM IST
    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: If article 36 grants rights of consular access in all cases including where allegations of such kind are leveled, then demanding those can’t be an abuse of those rights, Harish Salve tells ICJ
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    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Referring to a judgement of an Inter-American court, Harish Salve says, “Strictest and most rigorous guarantees must be undertaken in cases of death penalty.”

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    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Pak should’ve provided a substantial explanation for why it needed 3 months for providing consular access, upon which it could’ve claimed that it has complied with treaty obligation.Even on erroneous premise that para 4 applies, Pak hasn’t complied treaty obligations, Salve tells ICJ

  • 3:54 PM IST

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Pak should’ve provided a substantial explanation for why it needed 3 months for providing consular access, upon which it could’ve claimed that it has complied with treaty obligation.Even on erroneous premise that para 4 applies, Pak hasn’t complied treaty obligations, Salve tells ICJ

  • 3:36 PM IST

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: Pakistan offered to allow Jadhav’s family to visit him, the terms were agreed and the meeting was held on 25th December, 2017. India was dismayed at the manner the meeting with Jadhav’s family was conducted and wrote a letter on 27 December marking its protest, Salve tells ICJ

  • 3:26 PM IST

    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case LIVE: On 19th June, 2017, India responded to the request for assistance in investigation and pointed that not only Jadhav had been denied consular access but no credible evidence have been provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in any act of terrorism. His (Jadhav’s) purported confession clearly appears to be coaxed. India reminded Pakistan that it’s Pakistan government which hasn’t ratified Shark convention on legal assistance in criminal matters, says Harish Salve at ICJ

New Delhi: Amid the heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is set to hear the arguments of top lawyers of the two countries in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

The ICJ at The Hague, Netherlands, is expected to begin the hearing at around 2:30 PM (IST).

Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May the same year against the verdict.

A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017, had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

India is likely to ask the UN’s top court to give consular access to Jadhav, a former Indian Navy official.

New Delhi is expected to push its point that Pakistan has been breaking international rules and human rights laws. While India will argue on Monday, Pakistan will make submissions on February 19. India will then reply on February 20 and Pakistan will make its closing submissions on February 21.

The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the Jadhav case from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 February, 2019, according to the ICJ website.

A day ahead of the hearing, Pakistan accused India of not accepting that Jadhav was in Pakistan to “perpetrate violence”.

In a statement, the neighbouring country’s Foreign Office (FO) said that India blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack, was a part of its “well-rehearsed tactics from playbook, which they resort to after such incidents”.

“These are knee-jerk and pre-conceived accusations. India needs to introspect and respond to questions about its security and intelligence lapses,” a spokesperson said.

Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.

India had approached the ICJ for “egregious” violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, by Pakistan in Jadhav’s case.

The crucial hearing at the UN’s top court comes a time when the tensions between the two nations are at an all-time high in wake of the Pulwama terror attack, planned and executed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, which left 22 CRPF jawans dead.