'Review Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence', India files appeal with Pakistan
The Indian government on Wednesday filed an appeal with Pakistan seeking a review of death sentence awarded to Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav. Indian Envoy Gautam Bambawle who met Pakistani's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad also sought consular access for Jadhav who was awarded the death sentence by a military court. The demand was refused by Pakistan. Pakistan maintained that "spy" Jadhav was not covered under the bilateral agreement on consular access.
"Today we have filed an appeal against Pakistan military court's verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The appeal that had to be filed within 40 days was filed today before the Pakistan foreign secretary," said High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale. The appeal was filed under Pakistan Army act section 133 (B) seeking to go to the Court of Appeals.
In an appeal filed on behalf of Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother with Pakistan's ministry of external affairs, India has asked for a review of his sentence. India had earlier sought a certified copy of the chargesheet as well as the judgment in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The former navy officer was convicted on charges of spying by Pakistan army court recently.
India has sought consular access to Jadhav 14 times in the last one year and yet another appeal was made on Wednesday. Multiple demands by India to allow consular access to Jadhav have been rejected by Pakistan. The Indian government had previously told Pakistan that it would appeal against the verdict after studying Pakistan's army act