TheInternational Court of Justice
(ICJ) will hold a public hearing in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav from February 18, 2019, to February 21, 2019, next year at The Hague.
The first round of oral arguments will take place on February 18, 2019, when India will argue from 10 am to 1 pm. Pakistan will put forth their first-round arguments on February 19, 2019, from 10 am to 1 pm. India will kick off the second round of oral arguments on February 20, 2019, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, whereas Pakistan will conclude on February 21, 2019, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.
"The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in English and French on the Court's website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel," said the press release issued by the ICJ. Earlier, in July 2018 Pakistan had submitted a 400-page reply as part of its rejoinder to India's last reply in April 2018. Pakistan has submitted that its security forces arrested Jadhav from its Balochistan province in March 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. While India denying all the charges had said that Jadhav is innocent and that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for handling his businesses after superannuation from the Indian Navy. In May last year, India moved to the ICJ, thereafter which a 10-member ICJ bench on May 18, 2017, restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the case was adjudicated on. India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav. Further, it had also contended that Jadhav's trial should have been conducted by a civilian court. Pakistan, in its counter-memorial, had stated that Jadhav was not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. Jadhav was allegedly apprehended on March 3, 2016, after he illegally crossed into Pakistan via the Iran border, according to Pakistani officials.