THE HAGUE: In a major relief for India, the International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav till a final decision is taken.
Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the court, reading out the court verdict also asked Pakistan to inform it of all the measures it has taken to implement the order.
Union minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj who had earlier said that India will go out of its way to ensure Jadhav's return took to Twitter hailing the top court's decision.
The ICJ order has come as a great relief to the familly of Kulbhushan Jadhav and people of India.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 18, 2017
India on Monday had sought the court's intervention for an immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence, fearing that the Indian national may be executed even before the ICJ decided the case.
Indian lawyer Harish Salve alleged that the trial of Jadhav, a former navy officer, was held under "farcical" circumstances in violation of the Vienna Convention.
Salve demanded that Pakistan should annul Jadhav's death sentence as he was not even given a chance to defend himself.
Pakistan, however, rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN's highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage.
(With inputs from agencies)