India summons Pak Deputy High Commissioner in Jadhav case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Apr 2017 09:01:14


INDIA on Wednesday summoned the Pakistan deputy high commissioner on the issue of death penalty being given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court there and made a fresh demand for consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.

Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haidar Shah was called by the external affairs ministry which reiterated that Jadhav was innocent and false charges were framed against him, according to sources.

Shah’s summoning comes five days after Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale had met the Pakistan foreign secretary and sought a certified copy of the charge sheet and the army court order in the case, besides consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.

“We definitely want to appeal against the judgement but we cannot do it unless we have the details of charges and a copy of verdict. So, my demand was that the details of the charge sheet and a copy of the verdict be provided to us,” Bambawale had said after the meeting.

Expressing disappointment over Pakistan turning down India’s request for consular access to Jadhav, the Indian envoy had also said, “They have denied our request for consular access 13 times (in the last one year).
“I have forcefully asked for consular access on the basis of the international law and on humanitarian grounds as he is an Indian national.”

HC says Centre taking steps to secure Jadhav’s release: THE Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to direct the Government to approach the International Court of Justice for the release of death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav from jail in Pakistan, saying the Government was taking necessary steps.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the Government was best placed to take a decision and safeguard the life and liberty of its citizens.
“All steps are being taken by the Government. There cannot be any intervention by this court,” the bench said, adding that it does not want to interfere in the Government’s measures to secure the release of 46-year-old Jadhav from the Pakistani prison.

The court accepted the stand of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain that Union of India was making every possible endeavour to get Jadhav back.
The Pakistan army chief had on April 10 confirmed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, a former Naval officer, by a Pakistani military court after he was convicted of “espionage”.