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Kulbhushan Jadhav Case At ICJ: What Is At Stake For India

Feb 21, 2019 07:47 PM IST India India

India and Pakistan continue to lock horns at the International Court of Justice in Hague over the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadav. Jadhav, 48, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of "espionage and terrorism" after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India. India moved the ICJ in May 2017 for the "egregious violation" of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav. The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened Monday at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. The ICJ is expected to deliver its verdict in the summer of 2019.