According to the reports, Kulbhushan Jadhav can now appeal against conviction in a Pakistan court as Islamabad has allowed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordinance 2020. It will enable Jadhav to appeal his conviction in Pakistan’s high courts.
The bill looks to provide the right of review and reconsideration in giving the judgment of the International Court of Justice. The National Assembly applied the bill on Thursday after seeking approval from the 21-member standing committee.
Last month, Pakistan had urged India to designate a lawyer to represent Jadhav to implement the International Court of Justice verdict. Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, during a weekly briefing, had asked India to cooperate with the Pakistani court by providing a lawyer to Jadhav.
Earlier this year, a larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reopened Jadhav’s case and four other Indian prisoners who were under detention even after completing their respective sentences.
Jadhav(50) is a retired Indian Navy officer. A Pakistani military court gave him the death penalty on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.
India had approached the International Court of Justice against Pakistan to deny consular access to Jadhav and challenge the death sentence.