Kulbhushan Jadhav case: International Court of Justice to hold four-day public hearing from February 18 to 21

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 12, 2019, 08.55 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting his mother and wife. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on spying charges in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May 2017 against the verdict.

India and Pakistan will fight it out on Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International court of justice (ICJ) next week. The oral hearing will take place for 4 days starting from February 18 and will end on February 21. 

The first round of oral argument will be made by India on February 18 followed by Pakistan on February 19.

The second round of oral argument will take place on February 20 again beginning with India and then Pakistan on February 21.

Kulbhushan Jadhav was an Indian national who was abducted by Pakistani spy agency ISI--Inter-Services Intelligence from Iran and later a Pakistani military court announced that he will be hanged alleging that he is a spy. 

India has been demanding consular access of Jadhav since March 25, 2016, when the High Commission of India in Islamabad was first informed of his custody with Pakistan authorities. Islamabad has refused to provide consular access to Jadhav so far. 

India went to the world court on May 8, 2017, and filed a case against Pakistan for “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” and got a stay on his hanging.

On May 18 2017, the ICJ delivered its Order asking Pakistan to not go ahead with the execution. The order said, "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the Court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present Order."

India in its application has asked ICJ for suspending the death sentence. On December 25 2017, Pakistan allowed Kulbhushan's mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad, an event that became a media circus with Pakistani foreign ministry even removing footwears and Mangalsutra of Kulbhushan's wife.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case timeline: 

March 25 2016: India informed about the custody of Kulbhushan 

April 10 2017:  Awarded death sentence by Pakistan Military Court.

May 8  2017: India approaches International Court of Justice (ICJ) 

May 9 2017: ICJ Stays execution

May 15 2017: Oral hearing

May 18 2017: World Court delivered its order

December 25 2017: Mother and wife visited Islamabad to meet him

December 28  2017: EAM Sushma Swaraj briefs the Parliament about the meet