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India submits pleadings at ICJ in Kulbhushan Jadhav case (Lead)

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The Hague/New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
India on Wednesday submitted its written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that resumed hearing in the case of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court.

The judicial body of the United Nations had earlier fixed time limits for the filing of the initial pleadings in the case.

"India has today (Wednesday) submitted its memorial to the International Court of Justice in the Jadhav case involving egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 by Pakistan. This is in furtherance of our application filed before the court on May 8, 2017," Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

The court had fixed June 13, September 13 and December 13 as dates for India to file its documents and for Pakistan to file counter-documents. The order was made after taking into account the views of the parties, said an ICJ statement.

Jadhav was awarded capital punishment by a Pakistani military court for espionage.

India challenged the verdict in the top UN court, accusing Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Jadhav with consular access which it said was in breach of international human rights laws.

Delhi also appealed to the court to impose emergency measures for Jadhav's execution to be suspended until the legal battle in The Hague concludes.

On May 18, the ICJ ruled that Jadhav must not be put to death by Islamabad until the ICJ has had enough time to pass the final judgement in the case, and ordered a stay against the execution.

Pakistan says Jadhav was arrested during a counter-intelligence raid in Balochistan in March 2016.

He "confessed" to being a spy for India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in a video released by Pakistan.

--IANS ahm/vd

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2017-09-13-21:46:11 (IANS)

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