Rajnath Singh refutes Sartaz Aziz's claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav got a fair trial in Pakistan

Rajnath said that India's High Commissioner had met Pakistan's representative and raised the issue of consular access. Kulbhushan was not given a transparent trial at all, he added.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today refuted the Pakistani establishment's claims that retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav had been given a fair trial in the country.

"That is not the case. I believe that our High Commissioner has met their representative and has raised the issue of consular access. I don't think he was given a transparent trial at all", Rajnath said while speaking to mediapersons here.

Pakistan Prime Minister's advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a statement today claimed that Kulbushan Jadhav was "tried under the law of the land in a fully transparent manner". Aziz said Jadhav's sentence was "based on credible, specific evidence proving his involvement in espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan".

The Pakistani side has also claimed that a "Letter of Assistance" requesting specific information and access to certain key witnesses was shared with the Government of India on January 23, but stated that there was no response from the Indian side.

"We condemn the baseless allegations from India, especially in the light of the fact that it was non-cooperation and lack of Indian response to Pakistan's request for legal assistance, due to which consular access has not been provided to Mr Jadhav", Aziz said in his statement.

Rubbishing Pakistan's claims, Rajnath Singh said the Indian government was making every effort on the matter. "We shall go to any extent to ensure justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav", Rajnath added.

On the Narendra Modi government, the Home Minister said that there has been no allegation of corruption under this dispensation. Moreover, he said, the apprehension that demonetisation will negatively impact the economy has been proved wrong.

"Putting all speculations on demonetisation to rest, he said, "Our GDP growth stands at 7.9 per cent. In the coming years, we believe the GDP will touch 9 per cent. We are aiming at a double digit growth."

Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, who was also in West Bengal today, reiterated the Centre's position. "Complete injustice has been meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav. He was abducted from a third country. What they call a judicial process is nothing but a military kangaroo court. We are trying hard to get him back to India", Akbar told mediapersons in Malda district.