India demands copy of charge sheet, court’s verdict in Jadhav’s case

Indian HC calls on foreign secretary, seeks consular access to Jadhav

News Desk April 14, 2017
Video shows Kulbhushan Yadav, a serving Indian Navy officer who is suspected of being an Indian spy, during a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Days after Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was awarded death sentence over his involvement in espionage and subversive activities in Pakistan, India on Friday once again asked for consular access to him.

According to Indian media, during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale requested for a copy of charge sheet and the court’s verdict in Jadhav’s case.

The Indian diplomat was informed that consular access cannot be granted since Jadhav was held on charges of espionage. However, Bambawale upheld that under the International Law consular access must be granted.

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Further, the foreign secretary was informed that New Delhi will appeal the court’s verdict and that Indian authorities were looking into the Pakistan Army Act under which Jadhav was tried for his crimes.

Identified as Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent had been operating in Pakistan disguised as Hussein Mubarak Patel and was tried on charges of espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan. He was arrested on March 3 last year during a counter-intelligence operation from the Mashkel area of Balochistan. A few weeks later, the army had released his recorded confessional statement in which he had admitted to have been working for RAW to stoke unrest and instability in Pakistan.

In a six-minute video shown on the national media, Jadhav confessed that he had been tasked with creating unrest in Balochistan and Karachi, to which he had apparently made several visits under a fake identity since 2003. India denies Jadhav was a RAW agent but admits that he was a retired naval officer.

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Aleem | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend To level the playing field, Pak should take in custody a few more of the Indian spies. The kidnapping of a retired Pakistani officer in Kashmir is an Indian attempt to trade Yadav for the officer. If Indians want to go down this slippery slope then Pakistan should show them a thing a or two as to how this will turn out badly for them in the long run. All those consulates being staffed by Indians in the Afghan cities bordering Pakistan should be considered legitimate threats and appropriate action should be taken against them. There are more Yadavs running around stirring up trouble.
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