Fresh from exposing Pakistan's lies at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday, senior lawyer Harish Salve, who is the counsel of India at the UN's top court, has praised the efforts shown by his country's government in its fight to provide justice to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV on the Day One of the four-day hearing, Salve stated that the approach taken by India, regardless of what the judgment may be, is a positive sign.
"We must fight. The importance is from India's bold approach in taking the initiative of coming to the court. Court decisions are never certain, Every court decision involves a degree of risk...which everybody knows. All lawyers know sometimes you win a bad case and you lose a case. There is a risk. But, at least, I find the change which has come in government is they said if we have an avenue, we must explore it, rather than worry about the pluses and the minuses, worry about if we get an adverse verdict....If we've come out in the open and said we will do whatever we can and may do to seek justice for our own people, that is the real message in this case," he said.
Salve, earlier in the day, had argued on a number of matters relating to the case, including the failure of Pakistan govt to provide consular access to Jadhav and the poor treatment meted to his family.
And in his exclusive interview with Republic TV, he expressed his disappointment in the way Pakistan officials treated the parents of Jadhav when they met him in 2017.
"I have never had the opportunity to meet them... but I was in the loop when the visit was being arranged because government was consulting me on what their legal rights were. I am familiar with what happened at that time. We will were disappointment that time..." he added.
Ties between India and Pakistan have soured due to a number of various factor, including the case pertaining to Jadhav. But the relations fell to an all-time low following the terrorist attack in Pulwama last week, in which 40 CRPF jawans attained martyrdom.
When asked by Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami whether the Indian government gave him any special instructions following the recent development, he said, "From the govt, I had only one instruction, do your best. From the MEA, most important was her blessings."
He then shed light on the topic of consular access, which the Pakistan government hasn't granted to Jadhav, despite as many as 13 requests from the Indian government.
"There have been past cases of Article 36 but normally it has been a case where...take a country like USA. There are people of so many nationalities who live there. If you are a nationalized American citizen, you don't get consular access because then you are in America. If you are not a nationalized citizen, like citizen of Mexico, Latican America country, sometimes, when you are tried in a state court, nobody realizes you have consular access. Those are the kind of cases which have come. Ours is a different kind of case," India's counsel mentioned.