India submits written arguments in Khulbhushan Jadav case

India on Wednesday submitted written arguments to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav Case, citing violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by Pakistan.

The plea was in furtherance to India’s application to ICJ submitted on May 8 by team of lawyers led by Harish Salve seeking suspension of death sentence awarded to Jadhav by army court in Pakistan.

After hearing the application, the president of ICJ passed an order directing the stay on death sentence.
The international judicial body had fixed timeline for filing pleadings in the case.

India was allotted June 13 and Sept 13 to submit its arguments, while Pakistan has been allotted December 13 to respond with counter-documents.

The Backdrop
Pakistan arrested Jadhav from Iran and slapped charges of espionage following which an army court in Islamabad sentenced him to death. India petitioned ICJ that its citizen was denied consular in violation of Vienna Convention provisions and sought to stay the execution.. ICJ after listening to lawyers from both counties granted a stay until it arrived at a final verdict.

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