Hague, Feb 18: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on Monday began the four-day public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing India and Kulbhushan Jadhav before the top court sought annulment of Jadhav’s conviction and a direction that he be released forthwith.
“India submits that military courts of Pakistan can’t command the confidence of this court and shouldn’t
Arguing before the court, presided over by ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, India’s counsel stated continued custody of Jadhav without consular access should be declared unlawful .
“It is an egregious violation of the Vienna Convention”, he told the international court.
“Jadhav’s continued custody without consular access should be declared unlawful.”
Salve further said “There is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access without delay”.
“On 30th March 2016, India reminded Pakistan of its request of consular access (for Jadhav) & received no reply. 13 reminders were sent by India on various dates”.
After hours of proceeding, the International Court of Justice adjourned for the day and will resume at 02:30 pm IST on February 19 for Pakistan’s oral round.