Big relief for Kulbhushan: Slamming Pakistan ICJ halts death sentence allowing councillor access to Jadhav

News Bharati    17-Jul-2019

Hague, July 17: Setting the stage ready for the D-Day in prevailing justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice hints a positive sign for India as it ruled in favour of India on merits, affirming Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification. It states that the case consists in obligation of Pakistan to provide effective review & reconsideration of conviction and sentence of Jadhav.

 

The International Court of Justice directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences on Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan in its stance had deprived India the right to communicate and have access to Jadhav. In a more finessed way, the ICJ slammed Pakistan citing that Pakistan breached obligation incumbent upon it, by not informing Jadhav of his rights under Article 36 of Vienna Convention.

 

Ruling in favour of India on merits, ICJ affirms Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification. The Court has directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences. The International Court of Justice's Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict is near unanimous -- of the 16 judges on the bench, 15 judges have ruled against Pakistan in holding it in violation of the Vienna Convention. The only judge to dissent is the ad hoc judge Tassaduq Hussain Jillani of Pakistan.

The Vienna Convention is an international law that governs diplomatic relations between countries. In the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, India had argued at the International Court of Justice that Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention as it did not provide consular access (diplomatic assistance) to Kulbhushan Jadhav before his sentence. The ICJ has today ruled that Pakistan did violate the Vienna Convention.