Sushma Swaraj asked Harish Salve to collect Rs1 fee minutes before she suffered cardiac arrest

WION Web Team Delhi Aug 07, 2019, 02.17 PM(IST)

India's advocate in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Harish Salve. Photograph:( ANI )

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It was during Sushma Swaraj's tenure as External Affairs Minister that India had approached ICJ in the case. Harish Salve had charged only Rs 1 to represent India at the ICJ.

About an hour before she passed away on Tuesday night, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had asked prominent lawyer Harish Salve to visit her on August 7 and collect his fee of Rs 1 for representing India at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Describing the incident, an emotional Salve said Sushma Swaraj had a cardiac arrest just 10 minutes after talking to him.

"For me, SushmaSwaraj ji was an elder sister. I was simply stunned y'day on hearing about her demise. At 8:45 pm I had a talk with her. She said 'you have to come&take your fees of Re.1 for Jadhav case'. Just 10 min post that, she had cardiac arrest," he told the news agency ANI.

It was during Sushma's tenure as External Affairs Minister that India had approached ICJ in the case. Salve had charged only Rs1 to represent India at the ICJ.

On July 17, the ICJ gave consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested and given death sentence by Pakistan on charges of espionage.

In hearings before the 15-judge panel earlier this year, India had demanded full consular access to Jadhav and argued that the ICJ should annul the decision of Pakistan's military court.

Sushma Swaraj was admitted to All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following after suffering the cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. She was declared dead at 10:50 pm. Swaraj was appointed the foreign minister in the first term of Modi government in 2014. She opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons. 

(With inputs from agencies)