Allahabad, April 17: The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed displeasure over the death sentence awarded to an Indian, Kulbhushan Jadhav, on account of espionage by the Pakistan military court.
Replying to PIL, the court asked the Centre about the steps taken by it to ensure his release.
“It is the government’s moral and constitutional responsibility to bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav,” the High Court’s Lucknow bench observed while hearing a PIL.
A military court in Pakistan had earlier last week found Jadhav guilty on two counts of and sentenced him to death.
India has strongly objected the sentencing, and condemned the violation of bilateral ties between the two countries by not providing the consular access to Jadhav during his trial.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned Pakistan that it could result in damaging the bilateral relations between the already hostile neighbours and vowed to go out of the way to save Jadhav amid an outrage in India.
Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had on Friday asked Pakistan to provide a copy of the chargesheet and the judgment given against Jadhav while strongly raising this issue.
The Indian side also conveyed that it would appeal the order and is studying the Pakistan Army Act for the same.