ICJ's verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav justified: MoS Law

| Updated: May 19, 2017 12:53 IST

New Delhi [India], May 19 (ANI): The Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, PP Choudhary, on Friday asserted that the verdict passed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on former Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is justified and in accordance with the law. "The order passed by the International Court of Justice is justified. It is in the interest of justice and same in accordance with law," Choudhary told ANI. He said that Pakistan has clearly violated the Vienna Convention by denying consular access of Jadhav and added that it is the victory of the experts how presented strong case in front of the ICJ. Earlier on Friday, the ICJ had announced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and dismissed Pakistan's claim that it did not have jurisdiction over the matter. Justice Ronny Abraham of the ICJ read out the much-awaited verdict and asserted that the case was indeed debatable, while also adding that the ICJ had prime facie jurisdiction in the case. Abraham added that under the Vienna Convention, India should have received consular access to seek justice for the former Indian Naval officer. A Pakistan military court had awarded the death sentence to former Indian naval officer Jadhav on April 10 for alleged "espionage and subversive activities." However, India, after being denied consular access for 16th time, dragged Pakistan to the ICJ on May 8 for violating the Vienna Convention. (ANI)

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