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India submits papers to ICJ in Jadhav case

Pakistan is expected to submit counter memorial by December 13, 2017

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India submits papers to ICJ in Jadhav case
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India on Wednesday submitted its written arguments, known as memorial to registrar Philippe Couvreur of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at Hague, in the case of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by Pakistan on charges of spying.

Four Indian officials handed over the memorial citing 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," said the MEA spokesperson,

Further details of the contents of the submission were made public.

Earlier, in its arguments before the court on May 15, India had expressed its fear that Pakistan could execute Jadhav even before the court gave its verdict. Pakistan has rejected India's request for consular access 18 times, which is a violation of the Vienna Convention.

On May 18, while the UN top court asked Pakistan to not execute Jadhav till the case is adjudicated. It asked both countries to make their submissions.

The four-member team, pleading Jadhav's case at the UN court include India's Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony, first secretary legal officer Kajal Bhatt, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) joint secretary Legal & Treaties division Dr. VD Sharma and Joint Secretary Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (PAI) division Dr. Deepak Mittal.

Pakistan is expected to submit counter memorial by December 13, 2017. The court had fixed June 13 and September 13 for India to file its documents, while Pakistan was allotted December 13 to file counter-documents. The order was made after taking into account the views of the parties, said an ICJ statement. After that the ICJ may call for oral hearings, before adjudicating on the case.

Meanwhile, the ruling BJP has expressed hope for early release of Jadhav. Speaking to agencies, BJP leader S. Prakash said the government will make every effort to see that Jadhav is released.

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