Salve charged Re 1 for fighting Jadhav's case at ICJ: Swaraj

India's Ministry of External Affairs official Dr Deepak Mittal snubs Pakistan's Dr Muhammad Faisal handshake in The Hague. —AP

India's Ministry of External Affairs official Dr Deepak Mittal snubs Pakistan's Dr Muhammad Faisal handshake in The Hague. —AP

Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that lawyer Harish Salve, who fought Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has charged Rs 1 as fee.

In his appeal, Salve told the court to give suitable directions to Pakistan to ensure that during the judgement, Jadhav is not executed in Pakistan.

Jadhav was "an innocent Indian national, who, incarcerated in Pakistan for more than a year on concocted charges, deprived of his rights and protection accorded under the Vienna Convention, has been held incommunicado. and faces imminent execution", Mittal told the tribunal.

At the core of the dispute is the fate of Kulbhushan Sudir Jadhav, an Indian former naval officer who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. India was informed more than three weeks after Jadhav's arrest.

Pakistan's lawyer Khawar Qureshi claimed India has not proved that Jadhav is its national and that consular access can not be given.

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Jadav 'has been denied the right to be defended by a legal counsel of his choice, ' Mittal said at the start of day-longhearing, adding that a confession was forced out of him.

The lawyer urged the ICJ President to take note of the farcical nature of the circumstances of the military court. In Jadhav's case all the basic provisions of human rights were "thrown to the wind", he said.

On 8 May, India moved the ICJ against the death penalty, alleging Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.

Salve cited three past similar cases in which the global court had intervened.

Pakistan's legal team comprises Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE in capacity of an Agent; Mohammad Faisal, DG (South Asia & SAARC) in capacity of an Agent; Syed Faraz Hussain Zaidi, Counsellor of the Pakistan Embassy in the Netherlands in capacity of an Adviserl; Q.C. Khawar Qureshi as the Counsel; Asad Rahim Khan as the Junior Counsel; and Joseph Dyke as the Legal Assistant.

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The International Court of Justice in The Hague. He also referred to a case between the USA and Mexico in which lives of 54 Mexicans were at stake as they faced execution.

Rebutting India's case, he asserted that this forum is not a criminal court of appeal nor does it exercise criminal jurisdiction.

Dr Muhammad Faisal told the court that under Vienna Convention the ICJ could not take up this case. But it can not apply in this case of a spy set up by a state. "Else, it will be a violation of the Vienna Convention", said Salve.

The court's president already has written to Pakistan, urging it to take no action that could affect the hearing of the Indian request to prevent the death sentence.

Qureshi also dismissed India's charge that Jadhav was kidnapped.

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