Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

One of India's top lawyers Harish Salve charged ₹1 as the fee to fight India's case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court.

He was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more than a year on concocted charges, (has been) deprived of his rights and protection accorded under the Vienna Convention", Deepak Mittal, an official with India´s ministry of external affairs, told the court in The Hague.

Meanwhile, the Centre has expressed confidence about getting "postive response" from (ICJ) in the Jadhav case while saying that Pakistan will soon be exposed.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the ICJ said it would deliver its order in a public setting on a date that will be communicated to both parties.

When the court appearance by eminent lawyers will run in lakhs, if not in crores took a beating when the news about Harish Salve's fee was made public yesterday.

He argued that every country had undeniable right to punish the terrorists and the ICJ could not intervene in criminal cases. "Jadhav has been in judicial custody without any communication with his family", Mr Salve said.

"There is also of course the potential for the writ petition of the High Court to be invoked as we believe India must be well aware", he said.

On May 8, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Islamabad has also not responded to a visa application by Jadhav's parents seeking to travel to Pakistan to visit their son. India sought relief from the ICJ "by way of immediate suspension of the sentence of death awarded" to Jadhav.

The hearing focused on India's request for so-called "provisional measures" that can be granted at short notice to ensure a dispute between states does not deteriorate during full ICJ proceedings, which typically take several years. Nevertheless, New Delhi is seeing this as a setback for Islamabad.

Pak denied permission to play Jadhav's purported video confession. "As far as the cover page of the passport is concerned, India sought consular access to the detained citizen to ascertain facts", sources said.

"India has been unable, or perhaps unwilling, to provide an explanation for this passport which is the most obvious indication of covert and illegal activity", he said.

But India has denied he was a spy, and last week lodged a protest at the ICJ in The Hague accusing Pakistan of "egregious violations of the Vienna convention". We have a long border with India where millions of people reside.

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