Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Pakistan’s Judicial System Unreliable, Trial in Neutral Country Is the Only Way Out, Says Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi | India News
The former attorney general was reacting to reports that the Pakistani National Assembly passed a bill allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal against his conviction in the highest courts of the country.
“We (India) should ask the international court if the appeal can be heard in a neutral country that has a good judicial system. That is probably the only way Jadhav will get any relief. The judicial system is unreliable in Pakistan. a lawyer from India, I don’t think it will reach the end of justice, “Rohatgi told the ANI news agency.
Jadhav, a former member of the Indian Navy, has been in Pakistani custody since March 2016. He has been charged with fomenting subversive activities, a charge that India denies. He has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani court.
The former attorney general said he will make Pakistan’s decision to allow Jhadav’s guilty plea in the higher courts with a “pinch of salt”, although he added that it is a “welcome small step”.
“Personally, I believe that the judicial system and the atmosphere in that country (Pakistan) is such that India is treated as an enemy. Therefore, I do not believe that Jadhav will get justice in an appeal simply by hiring an Indian lawyer. I do not believe it serves the purpose, “he said.
Rohatgi suggested that India should again file a statement with the Court of Human Rights and international Court of Justice for the release of Jadhav as he was “unjustly arrested and illegally convicted without any rights”.
“A neutral lawyer from India or elsewhere, I don’t think it makes any difference. We should ask the international court if the appeal can be heard in a neutral country like Sri Lanka or Singapore, which have a good judicial system,” He said. saying.
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a bill allowing Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction in the country’s highest courts.
The bill seeks to grant more rights of review and reconsideration by giving effect to the judgment of the International Court of Justice.
The bill was adopted by the National Assembly on Thursday after approval by the 21-member standing committee.
The circumstances in which Jadhav ended up in Pakistani custody remain unexplained. Pakistan has claimed that it was arrested in Balochistan province, bordering Iran, in March 2016 on charges of espionage and subversive activities.
India has claimed that he was kidnapped in Iran, where he had business interests, and handed over to Pakistani authorities.
He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court, but the execution was suspended by the International Court of Justice, pending a final judgment in the case.
Pakistan allowed Indian consular access to Jadhav following an order from the ICJ.