NEW DELHI: India on Thursday pressed for having an Indian lawyer to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav in a Pakistani court when it takes up his evaluation petition in opposition to his loss of life sentence.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated India is in contact with Pakistan by diplomatic channels on the difficulty relating to Jadhav.

“For a free and fair trial in keeping with the letter and spirit of ICJ judgement, we have asked for Jadhav to be represented by an Indian lawyer. However, Pakistan has to first address the core issues- giving copies of relevant documents of the case and providing unimpeded consular access to Jadhav,” he stated.

Srivastava was responding to a query on the difficulty at a web-based media briefing.

India has been demanding “unimpeded” consular entry to Jadhav as mandated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Recently, the Islamabad High Court named three senior attorneys as amici curiae in the case of Jadhav and ordered the Pakistan authorities to give “another chance” to India to appoint a counsel for the death-row prisoner.

In 2017, India approached the ICJ in opposition to Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Jadhav and difficult the loss of life sentence.

The Hague-based ICJ dominated in July 2019 that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and likewise to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.

Last month, India accused Pakistan of adopting a “farcical” method in denying obtainable authorized treatments to Jadhav in opposition to his loss of life sentence in contravention of the ICJ order.

The sturdy response had come after Pakistan didn’t present paperwork relating to Jadhav’s case to India in order that it may file a evaluation petition in the court in opposition to the loss of life sentence.

India had additionally accused Pakistan of blocking all of the avenues for an efficient treatment obtainable in the case.

Fifty-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Jadhav was sentenced to loss of life by a Pakistani army court on prices of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.