New Delhi: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will today hold public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Jadhav, who is a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court last month for alleged espionage. India had, last week, initiated proceedings against Pakistan in the Hague-based court, which had stayed Jadhav's execution.
A report: "India had told ICJ that Pakistan was denying consular access to Jadhav, despite repeated requests, which it said is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. It had told the court that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy. However, Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan. India had also said that it was not informed of Jadhav's detention until long after his arrest. The last time India and Pakistan fought a legal battle at ICJ was nearly 18 years ago when Islamabad sought the court's intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft in Kutch region. The claim was rejected by the court. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, NEWS DESK."