The International Court of Justice announced on Wednesday that public hearings on Kulbhushan Jadhav case will be held on Monday, May 15.
"The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings on Monday 15 May 2017... in the proceedings insituted by the Republic of India on 8 May 2017 against the Islamaic Republic of Pakistan," the statement said.
Earlier, senior lawyer Harish Salve who is representing India at the Hague said that the next hearing in the case of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice that has stayed his execution in Pakistan, may take place on May 15.
Salve said Pakistan’s immediate reaction to the stay, pronounced on Wednesday, was essentially “political” and that India will respond if it raises any legal issue.
“We moved (the ICJ) for provisional relief. The case depends on also how much time Pakistan wants to put in its response to the petition which we have filed. Tentatively it will be on 15th (of May). We may have to be there and we have informed the court we are available any day next week,” he told Times Now.
On consular access to 47-year-old Jadhav, Salve said there are provisions in the Vienna Convention under which when a person is arrested in a foreign country, the counsel of his country has to be informed.
“The counsel of the country to which the man belongs has the right of access to that person. The basic idea is that if you are caught in a place where you are a stranger, people from your country are there to help you,” he said.