Death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav through farcical process: India

India on Thursday reiterated that Pakistan had awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav through a "farcical process" and on "concocted" charges.

Islamabad had conveyed to the International Court of Justice based in The Hague that it would not grant New Delhi consular access to Jadhav. In response, New Delhi on Thursday reiterated that India had moved the ICJ against Pakistan because the neighbouring country's government was violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by turning down requests for consular access to Jadhav.

"We have repeatedly requested for consular access in respect of Jadhav and many other Indian nationals who are incarcerated in Pakistani prisons. This is as per the Vienna conventions. We have appealed at the ICJ in May because we thought that the Vienna Convention was being violated," said the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affais, Raveesh Kumar.

"We do reiterate our position that Jadhav remains in Pakistan and is facing death sentence awarded through a farcical process and on concocted charges," he said.

Meanwhile, Islamabad on Thursday asked High Commissioin of Pakistan in New Delhi to grant visa to Jadhav's mother Avantika Jadhav and her daughter-in-law to travel to the neighbouring country and meet him.

Islamabad earlier accepted New Delhi's demand to allow Jadhav's mother Avantika Jadhav to travel with his wife Chetna to Pakistan to meet the former Indian Navy officer, who had been incarcerated in the neighbouring country since March 2016.

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