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'Centre taking all possible steps': Delhi High court refuses to intervene in Jadhav case

19 April, 2017 12:35 PM
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'Centre taking all possible steps': Delhi High court refuses to intervene in Jadhav case

"All steps are being taken by the government. There cannot be any intervention by this court," Delhi High Court said, adding that it does not want to interfere in the government's measures to secure the release of 46-year-old Jadhav from the Pakistani prison.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to direct the government to approach the International Court of Justice for the release of death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav from jail in Pakistan, saying the government was taking necessary steps+ .

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the government was best placed to take a decision and safeguard the life and liberty of its citizens.

"All steps are being taken by the government. There cannot be any intervention by this court," the bench said, adding that it does not want to interfere in the government's measures to secure the release+ of 46-year-old Jadhav from the Pakistani prison.

The court accepted the stand of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain that Union of India was making every possible endeavour+ to get Jadhav back.

Observing that it would be "inappropriate" to openly discuss the "sensitive issue", the bench said "revelation in open court about steps being taken by the government may jeopardise the sensitive efforts to secure his release."

The Pakistan army chief had on April 10 confirmed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, a former Naval officer+ , by a Pakistani military court after he was convicted on alleged charge of espionage.

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Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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