NewsX has accessed details of India’s strategy at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case resumes today.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) joint secretary Legal & Treaties division Dr. VD Sharma and Joint Secy PAI division Dr. Deepak Mittal has left for the Hague and will hand over India’s memorial (written submission in Kulbhushan Jadhav case) to the Indian embassy officials in the Hague.
After submitting the documents from the Indian government to the Indian embassy officials in the Hague, they will be submitted to the ICJ.
India’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony and first secretary legal officer Kajal Bhatt, will hand over India’s submissions on Kulbhushan Jadhav to the Registrar of the ICJ Philippe Couvreur later in the afternoon today.
However, it is yet not confirmed that Dr VD Sharma and Dr Mittal will accompany the Indian embassy team to the ICJ.
It is to be noted that there is not going to be any hearing today at the ICJ. It will be only the submission of documents that will take place today.
Reports also say that India is extremely confident with their memorial as the Indian government is not seeking any extension of the dates from the ICJ for the submissions of the memorials on Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Generally, countries seek extension from the ICJ to buy more time and to prepare better. If any country want to seek an extension, it needs to inform the ICJ and other party at least two months in advance, which India hasn’t sought and submitting it’s memorial on time. Today, its the first and only date when India can submit its memorial in the concerned case.
The ICJ after receiving India’s memorial will send copies of the Indian memorial to Pakistan and to all the judges in the panel of the ICJ.
India may file another memorial in the form of interjection only after 13th December 2017, if it finds any flaw in the counter-memorial submitted by Pakistan on or before 13th December, 2017.
The ICJ in its last hearing on May 18 had asked Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav before they decide the case. India has challenged Pakistan’s verdict to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav in the top UN court.
Former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistan Army court on charges of being a spy. Both India and Pakistan will make their submission before the ICJ which will pass its verdict in December.