New Delhi, April 11: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday said that Indian government will do everything that's possible to assure that Kulbhushan Jadhav gets justice. Earlier, India has said that if the death sentence is carried out without observing law norms, it will be a premeditated murder.
"India strongly condemns the death sentence. Basic norms of law and justice were violated. I want to tell the house that the government will do whatever it takes to make sure Kulbhushan Jadhav gets justice," Home Minister said.
He accused Pakistan of kidnapping him from Iran, where he runs a business, and presenting him in front of media as an Indian spy. Kulbhushan Jadhav had a valid Indian visa, how can he be a spy? Consular access also been denied,” he added.
Yesterday, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the death sentence given by a Pakistani military court. Issuing demarche to Basit, Jaishankar said, if the sentence against an Indian citizen, given without observing basic norms of law and justice, is carried out, the Government and people of India will regard it as a case of premeditated murder.
Meanwhile, Kulbhushan Jadhav, on a death sentence in Pakistan, has the options of appealing against the sentence and filing a mercy petition before the Pak President. He has 60 days to file an appeal before the Military Appellate Tribunal & another 60 days for a petition to Pak President.
Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani security forces on 3rd March last year in the restive Balochistan province after he reportedly entered from Iran. Pakistan has alleged that Jadhav was a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Research and Analysis Wing. India said that Jadhav was a former Naval officer and was running a business in Iran. It accused Pakistan of kidnapping him from there and that 'his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly.