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Kulbhushan Jadhav case : International Court of Justice to deliver verdict on July 17

Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on April 11, 2017, after which India moved the ICJ, challenging the verdict.

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New Delhi/Islamabad, July 4 (IANS) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce on July 17 its verdict on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.

Oral submissions from both India and Pakistan have been made at the International Court of Justice.

Pakistani daily Dawn reported that the verdict will be announced on July 17, quoting Pakistan Foreign Office sources.

Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on April 11, 2017, after which India moved the ICJ, challenging the verdict.

The ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case.

In February this year, the ICJ held a four-day hearing of the case at the ICJ headquarters at The Hague.

India had urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence saying his trial by a Pakistani military court had “hopelessly failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process”.

Ex-Solicitor General Harish Salve, who represented India at the ICJ, had slammed the Pakistani military court’s “opaque proceedings” which try civilians against the international norms.

In his argument, Salve said Pakistan has sentenced 161 civilians to death in military courts in “opaque proceedings in the last two years”.

“Jadhav’s trial by a military court hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and should be declared unlawful,” he said.

On February 22, the ICJ had reserved its verdict in the case following conclusion of arguments.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, briefing the media on Thursday, said, “The verdict has to be announced by the International Court of Justice. We will wait and see.”

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Travancore royal family’s rights in Padmanabhaswamy temple affairs upheld

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New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the affairs of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple of Thiruvananthapuram.

A bench headed by U.U. Lalit said the administrative committee will manage the temple affairs while the district judge of Thiruvanathpuram will be the chairperson of the committee.

According to a lawyer associated with the matter said the shebaitship survives on the death of the ruler as per custom, and a committee under the chairmanship of district judge, who was the executive officer appointed by the apex court, has been constituted.

“Death of ruler does not result in escheat in favour of government despite 26th amendment of Constitution,” said the lawyer, who represented the devotees.

The apex court verdict has come on a dispute over management of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the richest temples in the country. For nearly nine years, the issues in connection with the administration and management of the historic temple have been pending in the top court.

These issues were raised following alleged charges of financial irregularities. In April last year, a bench of Justices Lalit and Indu Malhotra had reserved the verdict on the petitions challenging the January 31, 2011 verdict of the Kerala High Court.

The high court had directed the state government to take steps to constitute a trust or a body to take control of the temple, its assets and management. The High Court also directed the state government to run the temple complying with the traditions.

In May 2011, the top court had stayed the high court”s direction.

–IANS

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Gunfight on between terrorists & security forces in J&K

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Srinagar, July 13 (IANS) An encounter between terrorists and security forces broke out in South Kashmir”s Anantnag district on Monday, the police said.

The encounter started after security forces got a specific input about the presence of terrorists in the Srigufwara area of Anantnag.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire triggering the encounter.

Two to three terrorists are believed to be holed up.

It is a joint operation by the police and the army.

“Encounter has started at Srigufwara area of Anantnag. Police and security forces are on the job,” police said in a statement.

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India records 28,701 Covid-19 cases, 500 deaths in 24 hours

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New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) India recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,701 coronavirus cases and 500 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,78,254 cases with a total of 23,174 deaths, the Health Ministry”s data stated on Monday.

According to the data, of the total cases, as many as 5,53,470 patients have recovered, over twice the number of active patients which stand at 3,01,609.

The rate of recovery of the Covid-19 patients has touched 62.93 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

During the last 24 hours, 2,19,103 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand. As on date, more than 1,194 labs have enabled people to undergo coronavirus tests.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state, with 2,54,427 cases and 10,289 casualties followed by Tamil Nadu with total 1,38,470 cases, including 1,966 deaths.

With 1,573 new coronavirus cases and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded a total tally of 1,12,494 cases, including 3,371 deaths.

States with more than 10,000 cases included Gujarat (41,820 cases), Uttar Pradesh (36,476), Rajasthan (24,392), Madhya Pradesh (17,632), West Bengal (30,013), Haryana (21,240), Karnataka (38,843), Andhra Pradesh (29,168), Telangana (34,671), Assam (16,071), and Bihar (16,642).

On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases was nearing 12.9 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 5,68,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

–IANS

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