Indian HC approaches IHC for release of four Indian prisons

By: News Desk      Published: 06:25 PM, 15 Oct, 2020
Indian HC approaches IHC for release of four Indian prisons

The Indian High Commission Thursday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to release four Indian prisoners convicted by military courts on charges of espionage and terrorism in Pakistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The TV channel reported Indian High Commission in Islamabad filed a petition for four Indian prisoners named Bircho, Bang Kumar, Satish Bhag and Sonu Singh and pleaded that these Indian prisoners should be released.

Among four, three are in Lahore jail while the remaining one is in Karachi jail.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court was told on Tuesday that India’s BJP government is intentionally not appointing a lawyer for spy-terrorists Kulbhushan Jadhav.

A larger bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gull Hassan Aurangzeb heard the case pertaining to appointment of legal representative for the Indian spy and RAW agent.

During the hearing, the attorney general told the court that the Indian government is not hiring a lawyer for the spy for some reason. Now the only choice left is that the Pakistani government should provide him a legal representative, he added.

The court also asked a few questions from the attorney general for assistance on the matter and adjourned the hearing till November 9. On the other hand, the Indian government has failed to hire a legal representative for Jadhav as the deadline expired on Tuesday. Reports said Foreign Office had sent a letter to the Indian High Commission on the orders of the court.

On July 17, 2019, the ICJ had rejected remedies sought by India, including annulment of military court decision convicting Kulbhushan Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Announcing the verdict, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yousaf told Pakistan to review the death sentence for an alleged Indian spy, saying Islamabad violated his rights to consular visits.

The court, in its verdict, rejected a number of Indian demands including annulment of military court decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India. The ICJ found that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation, and thereby breached obligations incumbent upon it under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.