India exploring authorized choices in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: MEA

New Delhi, July 9

India on Thursday stated it was exploring authorized choices within the case regarding Indian death-row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav, a day after Pakistan claimed that he refused to file a assessment petition towards his sentence by a Pakistani navy courtroom on fees of espionage.

“At this stage, we are assessing our legal options. We will do our utmost to protect the life of the Indian national,” Spokesperson within the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava stated at a web based media briefing.

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to loss of life by a Pakistani navy courtroom on fees of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

Weeks later, India approached the ICJ towards Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Jadhav and difficult the loss of life sentence. The ICJ, then, restrained Pakistan from executing him.

In July final yr, the Hague-based courtroom dominated that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and likewise to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.

On Wednesday, Pakistan stated Jadhav refused to file an enchantment within the Islamabad High Court towards his conviction regardless of being provided the choice.

Hours later, India known as Pakistan’s declare a “farce” and stated Jadhav was “coerced” to forego his rights.     

Srivastava on Wednesday stated Pakistan’s declare mirrored its try to “mask” its persevering with “reticence to implement” the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) within the case in “letter and spirit”.

He stated Pakistan is simply in search of to create an “illusion of remedy” within the case, and asserted that India will do its “utmost” to guard Jadhav and guarantee his protected return to India.

“Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav, who is incarcerated in Pakistan’s custody, has refused to initiate review petition is a continuation of the farce that has been in play for the last four years,” Srivastava stated. PTI


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