VP, PM and political leaders welcome the ICJ ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case


File photo of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. (PTI Photo)

File photo of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. (PTI Photo)

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday welcomed the verdict of the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying justice will finally prevail.

“I appreciate the government for its relentless efforts to secure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and hope that this verdict would serve as a source of solace to the family members,” his secretariat tweeted.

He said he is confident that justice will prevail ultimately. In a twitter message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the decision of the ICJ. He said that truth and justice has prevailed. 

Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah termed it a victory of truth which protects human dignity.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said he spoke to Jadhav’s family and applauded their courage.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described the judgement as a big win for India while former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj hoped it will provide much- needed solace to Jadhav’s family.

In a major victory for India, the ICJ ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence to Jadhav, pronounced by a Pakistani military court.

A retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India.

A bench led by president of the ICJ, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav.