The International Court of Justice at The Hague conveyed its verdict on the
famous case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It was around 6:30 in the evening on
Wednesday, i.e. 17th July, 2019 when the 16 judge bench began to pronounce its
decision and it momentarily became unblemished that the decree pronounced was in
India's favour, which can be called as a huge victory for the country. Not only
did the International Court of Justice reiterate the stay on the death sentence
for Jadhav, it even granted India's request as well as the entreaty for consular
access to the former Indian Naval officer.
This decision was welcomed by the honourable Prime Minister of India along with
the entire nation. He verbatim said, We welcome today's verdict in ICJ. Truth
and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on
extensive study of facts. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Our
Government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.
The Court was of the view that Pakistan was under the obligation to cease the
acts related to the death sentence of Jadhav and also, had to comply the fully
with its obligations under article 36 of the Vienna Convention. As per the same,
Pakistan had to immediately inform Jadhav of his rights as per Article 36 para
1(b). The Court also allowed the Indian consular officers to have access to him
and also to arrange specific and sufficient legal representation for him.
Another important point in this regard is that Advocate Harish Salve, who
represented India at the International Court Justice, verbatim said: The
order assures a fair trial. There is, in fact, an obligation of result on
Pakistan. And if the trial is not fair, we can go back and knock the doors of
It has to be noted that the International Court of Justice also stated that
Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention. The honourable bench said that they
had violated Article 36 of the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations, 1963, by
not notifying India about Jadhav’s arrest proximately after the Pakistan Army
had taken him into custody.