India to file written pleadings at the ICJ on Kulbhushan Jadhav

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India to file written pleadings at the ICJ on Kulbhushan Jadhav

The ICJ had fixed April 17, 2018 and July 17, 2018, respectively, for India and Pakistan to file their written pleadings in the case.

India will file its written pleadings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav that is being heard at The Hague.

The ICJ had fixed April 17, 2018 and July 17, 2018, respectively, for India and Pakistan to file their written pleadings in the case. India and Pakistan had filed their written submissions on September 13, 2017 and December 13, 2017, respectively.

On May 18, 2017, the ICJ had halted the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer, by a Pakistani military court after being convicted on claims of "espionage" and "terrorism" on April 10.

According to a statement issued by the principal judicial organ of the UN, the ICJ authorised the submission of a reply by India and of a rejoinder by Pakistan in the Jadhav case after which a decision would be taken by the international court.

"The Court fixed 17 April 2018 and 17 July 2018 as the respective time-limits for the filing of these written pleadings," said the statement issued last week.

In September, India had raised the issue of violation of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan for not allowing consular access to Jadhav. Pakistan is fighting it on the basis that this case does not fall under the purview of the ICJ at all.

The ICJ, on its part, had instructed Pakistan that it should "take all measures at its disposal" to prevent the execution of Jadhav.

After the submissions of the written pleadings by Pakistan in July, the ICJ will decide on the matter.

Kulbhushan Jadhav, according to Pakistan, was apprehended on March 3, 2016, after he allegedly crossed into Pakistan through Iran border.