Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Indian High Commissioner to meet Pak Foreign Secretary to press for consular access

Jadhav Photograph:( Agencies )

WION New Delhi Apr 19, 2017, 12.40 PM (IST)

India today summoned Pakistan deputy High Commissioner Syed Haidar Shah over Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence which was ordered by a Pakistan military court earlier this week.

The Indian government continues to press for access to Jadhav in Pakistan, in fact, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale will meet Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to allow consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav who is lodged in a Pakistan jail on spying charges.    

India's home minister Rajnath Singh had said earlier that his government "will go to any extent to ensure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav".

The Kulbhushan Jadhav case reached the Delhi High Court today as the court reserved its order on a plea for a direction to the government to approach the International Court of Justice for the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

A bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said it will pass an order on the petition, which the Centre said was "not a public interest litigation" and the government has already taken steps to secure Jadhav's release.
 
Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),  submitted that the "subject matter raised in the petition before the court is already under consideration by the ministry concerned and it has already assured the nation for his release."

"Even the external affairs minister, going out of the way, has announced in the floor of Parliament that every possible action will be taken to bring back Jadhav," he asserted.

(WION with agency inputs: PTI, ANI)

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